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Watch Your Left

Watch Your Left

A Short film by René Clément

Produced by Cady-Films

Production year : 1936

    Synopsis

    A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring partners at work, Roger starts to fantasize about being a boxer himself. Then, when none of the boxer's sparring partners can continue, he is asked to fill in, although he doesn't know anything about how to box.

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (3)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Cady-Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Point of view

    A very young-looking Jacques Tati provides some good moments in this generally amusing early feature. The overall style of the comedy (which was directed by René Clément) is somewhat different from Tati's own, but with some hints in his character of things to come.

    The simple story has Tati's character working on a farm when he meets a boxer who is in training nearby. The early parts are pleasant, if a little slow, but when Tati gets in the ring with the boxer, the pace starts to build up quickly, leading to a madcap climax. It makes fairly good use of the opportunities, and it is particularly funny to see Tati's character keep trying to refer to the boxing manual. It's a good gag, and not an easy one to pull off that smoothly.

    No one would compare this with Tati's best features, but it is a solid comedy with some good laughs. If it had been a Hollywood short comedy of the mid- to late-1930s, it would probably have been a little above average.

    Source : IMDb

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (4)

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jean-Marie Huard

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Tati

    Producer :

    Fred Orain

    Music Composer :

    Jean Yatove

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    Sport

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1936

    Runtime :

    12 min

    Visa number :

    4980

    Visa issue date :

    22/10/1946

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Audio format :

    Mono