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A Film and its Era: My Uncle - France



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Jacques Tati, one of France's greatest comedians

A Film and its Era: My Uncle (Il était une fois… Mon oncle, 2007)

Director: Serge July, Marie Genin, Camile Clavel
Cast: Jacques Tati, Pierre Etaix, Jacques Lagrange, Jérôme Deschamps


What happens behind the scenes of a film? How does the director deal with the stars and his crew? What is the social and political context in which a film is made? Does it affect the film? The ultimate documentary series that sets out to resolve these and more questions is finally on Eurochannel: A Film and Its Era.

This 30-episode documentary series aims to reveal all the secrets and historical contexts of a particular cult film, its groundbreaking director, and the epoch it represents. Made by a different director, each episode of this series offers extracts of the film, as well as exclusive interviews with its director, protagonists and cinema historians, to offer a holistic view of the production.

With a great sense of aesthetics and a comprehensive account of each movie, A Film and Its Era includes directors and classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Roberto Rossellini's Rome Open City, Roman Polanski's Tess, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and many more.

Accompany us on a cinematic journey and discover the secrets behind some of your favorite movies in this celebratory documentary.


Jacques Tati filmed My Uncle in 1958. Monsieur Hulot, the ‘holdover from a France gone by’, travels between the old world and the new world where his sister and her husband, manager at a modern factory, live. He teaches his young nephew the taste of freedom. The film received awards at Cannes and Hollywood. The film was presented at Cannes at the same time that the Pieds Noirs and the French army rise up so that Algeria may remain French. This was considered as a film made at the veritable frontier between the Fourth and Fifth French Republics, at the border between a post-war rural society and the new industrial society in full expansion, between the old neighborhoods destined for demolition and the modern planned cities. This most autobiographical of Jacques Tati’s films and evokes his childhood and his family life.

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