Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pierre Étaix

Pierre Étaix, now 83, was a French clown, magician, illustrator and cabaret artist whose films are rumoured to be among the most perfect physical comedies ever created, mentioned in the same breath as those of Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati’s. Sadly, his cinematic legacy had been caught up in copyright battles for forty years, and never re-released in any form since the early 1960's. Finally released due to an international petition that collected 56,000 signatures, including those of Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch and Woody Allen, Pierre Étaix’s films are finally being shown in a long overdue retrospective.

Starting TONIGHT and running for 2 weeks, the Northwest Film Forum is projecting 5 new or lovingly restored prints of this master's seminal work. Tickets and more information right here.

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