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WATCH: Jacques Tati's 1947 Slapstick Short 'School for Postmen' Reveals the French Master's Early Comic Genius

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 11, 2014 at 5:12PM

The Guardian has debuted a rare early short from comedy maestro Jacques Tati, 1947's "The School for Postmen." As usual, the French auteur writes, directs and stars in this witty 16-minute film brimming with the kind of subtly orchestrated slapstick that would come to define his career, from "M. Hulot's Holiday" to "Playtime."
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Jacques Tati

The Guardian has exclusively debuted a rare early short from comedy maestro Jacques Tati, 1947's "The School for Postmen." As usual, the French auteur writes, directs and stars in this witty 16-minute film brimming with the kind of subtly orchestrated slapstick that would come to define his career, from "M. Hulot's Holiday" to "Playtime."

"School for Postmen," which is the precursor to Tati's 1949 debut feature "Jour du Fete," can also be seen in glorious Blu-ray on Criterion's heaven-sent Tati box set, which hits shelves October 28.

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