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Directed by Jacques Tati

France 1948 79 mins. In French

Tati’s (M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY) first film frolics through the adventures of François, a rural postman who is the object of ridicule from his fellow townspeople because of his archaic methods. After watching an American film about modern methods, he mounts his beloved bicycle to demonstrate his own progressive ideas for postal efficiency. A film about technology and change—the bicycle represents traditional, humane values in a world increasingly dominated by machines and driven by the demands of speed and technology—that still resonates in the digital age.