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Differences between Europe and America


Tati and his producer
Jules Engel Film-maker
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The interesting was that he's been working on that idea, on that film - this was his last film - for a couple of years, the script. And finally, his associate, his director or person who makes the show and the event, you know, possible, he finally said to Tati, 'Tati, tomorrow or else, I'm quitting', you know? And next day, by God, he showed up with his crew and Tati had no choice now, he had to go out and start a film. But this guy, who was his right arm, he was the guy who got the money for the film and he would come to Hollywood. But Tati did not owe anybody any money. In other words... I don't know how those things are made but the associate, you know, came back with money from Hollywood. What they had to give back, I don't know. But the money was there, and so they moved. But he was a fun person, an interesting person. But always odd a little bit. A little bit odd, you know? Doing funny little moves and stuff like that. Yeah.

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Hollywood, France, Jacques Tati

Duration: 1 minute, 25 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008