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Jacques Tati and other comedies?

sisoon posted 2/9/2019 12:15 PM

I'm a fan of Turner Classic Movies. Looking for some media last night, we stumbled on 'Mon Oncle.' I think Jacques Tati is the star. Or creator. Or something - I don't understand French.

It's a 1960's French movie. If you like gentle dry humor and sight gags, this movie which revolves around the wonders of modern living in 1960s France is HILARIOUS! At least in my opinion and plainsong's.

It's worth a try, I think, if you want a laugh. We stopped for the night about 2/3 of the way through. So far, despite being French(!), the couple who are being studied stick to themselves.

If you can recommend any other comedies, I'd appreciate it.

I already know Blazing Saddles, Cat Ballou, and Animal House. I can watch any of them again, but they bore plainsong now.

Jeaniegirl posted 2/9/2019 12:41 PM

When I need a good laugh I watch old WC Fields movies and Laurel and Hardy movies on YouTube. For simple laughs I watch the old Little Rascals movies. Priceless. YouTube is a wealth of old classics. As for more recent movies, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is SO funny! "Airplane" and "Christmas Vacation" too.

FaithFool posted 2/10/2019 11:11 AM

My mom *loved* Jacques Tati, great physical comedy needs no translation. I laugh myself to tears every time.

thebighurt posted 2/11/2019 09:53 AM

Yes, definitely second Laurel and Hardy! Laugh til it hurts! Still get good laughs from 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World', but may be getting too familiar with it, like Plainsong as you mentioned. The Aussie series, 'Kath and Kim' on Netflix was hilarious the first time around. Have to hit that one for another view.

Absolutely LOVED the old PBS series decades ago, 'No, Honestly'. Remembering while typing this that I have it all recorded on VHS. Have to see what I can do about that.... hmmm. Very funny but also poignant at appropriate times.

Then again, humor, like almost everything else about us, can change with time......

marji posted 2/12/2019 18:34 PM

Ever see Some Like It Hot?

welcome14 posted 2/13/2019 12:31 PM

I think "The Great Race" is awesome, but I love Tony Curtis, so there's that.......

sisoon posted 2/14/2019 12:59 PM

Some Like It Hot?

Sure when it came out I liked gangster movies. I really laughed at Jack Lemmon as Daphne connecting with Joe E. Brown. I was 14.

I have to see 'The Gold Rush' again. It was one of my first dates ever. The girl didn't like it, and I could sense her dislike as we watched it. I had hoped a great date would get her to *TMI*, and my disappointment colored my view of the movie.

Now that I'm more recovered from my cold:

Duck Soup
One Two Three

The Great Dictator might have been funny if WW II didn't happen.

[This message edited by sisoon at 1:01 PM, February 14th (Thursday)]

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