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PIERRE ETAIX

"A BRACING REDISCOVERY! Sparkling, poignant and subversive, Mr. Etaix's films have drawn on the art of silent cinema, the circus and the music hall, while holding up a mirror to the absurdities of life in the modern world."
– Kristin Jones, The Wall Street Journal
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"ONE OF CINEMA'S FINEST PHYSICAL COMEDIANS! Not many comics can claim effusive praise from both Jerry Lewis and François Truffaut, much less a close partnership with a screenwriter of Luis Buñuel movies and a role in a Robert Bresson film. Yet the French performer Pierre Etaix... is little known even to fans of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Over the course of several features and shorts, the slight, liltingly graceful Mr. Etaix developed his own gently melancholic style. With and without dialogue, he charted simple stories and routines with a practical elegance rarely seen since the silent era."
– Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times
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“A MASTER OF SCREEN COMEDY!
He is every bit as worthy of praise and study as Tati, yet he is all but unknown today.” 
– Leonard Maltin

"ETAIX IS A REVELATION: HILARIOUS, SUBVERSIVE, DEADPAN.
You can see in his work the seeds of everything we've laughed at during the last sixty plus years."

– Ken Burns

Click here for Film Comment video essay on the films of Pierre Etaix

Click here for Adrian Curry's feature on classic Etaix film posters

Keaton? Lloyd? Tati? Inspired by the first two and protégé and gag writer for the third (he also penned Tati’s trademark cartoon silhouette), Pierre Etaix (pronounced “ay-TEX”; born 1928) has had a lifelong love affair with silent cinema and the circus, combining the two in a series of brilliantly-inventive 60s comedies — all co-scripted with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière (Buñuel’s frequent collaborator, The Tin Drum, Return of Martin Guerre, etc. etc.). All but unknown since he stopped making them, Etaix’s hilarious oeuvre is finally back in circulation again, after decades of rights disputes.

Special thanks to Vincent Paul-Boncour (Carlotta Films, Paris), Sarah Finklea, Brian Belovarac, Peter Becker, Fumiko Takagi (Janus Films), John Kochman (Unifrance), Muriel Guidoni-Deregnaucourt, Delphine Selles-Alvarez (French Cultural Services, New York), Severine Wemaere (Thompson Foundation), and Pierre and Odile Etaix.

THE FILMS OF PIERRE ETAIX ARE RELEASED BY JANUS FILMS.

All new 35mm prints

Restored by Technicolor Foundation for Cinema and the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Studio 37

Presented in association with
L’Institut Francais and Unifrance Films
L’Institut Francais and Unifrance Films

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