Sainte-Sévère, a small peaceful village, and a "Jour de Fête"...

Sainte-Sévère, from Prehistory to Jacques Tati!

In the surrounding area, human activity dates back to prehistoric times, and has not ceased since then, with various degrees of happiness, and the region, like many French regions, has passed from one hand to another, from lords to lords, from king to king.

It was during the Revolution that Sainte-Sévère was integrated into the newly created department of Indre.

While only a few inhabitants participated in the Napoleonic wars, the two great wars resulted in a real demographic drain, and disruptions in the way of life, notably caused by the gradual disappearance of a rural civilization. Thus, for example, the population has increased from 1135 inhabitants in 1946 to 780 in 2016...

Geology tells us that the municipality is classified as a low seismicity zone, and yet, in 1947, it did experience an earthquake... joyful!

Sainte-Sévère and Jacques Tati

During the war, Jacques Tati, whose real name was Jacques Tatischeff, had found refuge in Sainte-Sévère, where he made friends. Seduced by the village and its inhabitants, he had promised to return.

And, indeed, in 1947, he landed with his crew and camera to shoot his first feature film: "Jour de Fête".

And the whole village participates as actors, extras, or props!

Unforgettable memories for this peaceful village

It can be said that this film prefigures Tati's entire work, full of naive and nostalgic poetry, which seeks to survive in the midst of an increasingly mechanical world, in every sense of the word.

Until his death, Jacques Tati will return from time to time to this small town that he really loved, and which opened, in May 2009, a "Maison de Jour de Fête", a particularly unusual museum where, among other things, you can attend a show in "Scénovision"... and yes!



Maison de "Jour de Fête"

Market place

36160 Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre  

Tel: 02 54 30 30 21 78

contact@maisondejourdefete.com

https://www.maisondejourdefete.com/

 

Tourist Office

134, rue Nationale

La Châtre

Tél.: 02 54 54 48 22 64 64



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Jour de fête

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Intégrale Jacques Tati

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Jacques Tati

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C'est parce qu'il a su nourrir son imagination de ce qu'il était le seul à voir que Jacques Tatischeff dit Tati (1907-1982), perfectionniste passé de la pantomime au cinéma, a réalisé six films qui composent une œuvre unique.
Jacques Tati et les Trente Glorieuses

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La qualité du comique de Jacques Tati n'est plus à démontrer, tant elle est aujourd'hui reconnue. Moins souligné, il convient de mettre en évidence un aspect très remarquable de l'oeuvre de ce prodigieux cinéaste : sa valeur de témoignage. En cinq films, illustrant de façon éloquente un sens de l'observation reconnu dès l'enfance, Tati a rendu compte de l'évolution prodigieuse qui a caractérisé la France entre 1945 et 1975, désignée par Jean Fourastié selon l'expression "Les Trente Glorieuses". Sans manifester le moindre didactisme, en inscrivant tout simplement ses scénarios dans la réalité la plus authentique, de la petite place de Sainte Sévère au salon automobile d'Amsterdam, en sociologue et historien de son temps, qualificatifs qui l'eurent fait bondir,
Tati

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Rien n'égale le plaisir de voir les films de Jacques Tati, sinon celui de les revoir. Près de trente ans après la mort du cinéaste, son œuvre entre de plain-pied dans le XXIe siècle, dans toute sa splendeur visuelle et sonore. Cette jeunesse de l'œuvre de Tati, c'est toute sa beauté et son mystère. Tati nous parle au présent, tout en nous offrant un témoignage irremplaçable sur son époque.

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