Jacques Tati films ‘My Uncle’ in 1958. Portrait of a film: Monsieur Hulot, the ‘holdover from a France gone by’, travels between the old world and the new world where his sister and her husband, manager at a modern factory live. He teaches his young nephew the taste of freedom. The film received awards at Cannes and Hollywood. Portrait of an era: The film is presented at Cannes at the same time that the Pieds Noirs and the French army rise up so that Algeria may remain French. De Gaulle returns to power. A film made at the veritable frontier between the Fourth and Fifth French Republics, at the border between a post-war rural society and the new industrial society in full expansion, between the old neighbourhoods destined for demolition and the modern planned cities. It is the euphoria of the birth of consumer society and the leisure class. Portrait of a director: this most autobiographical of Jacques Tati’s films evokes his childhood and his family life. Monsieur Hulot is almost a silent film: Jacques Tati prefers gestures and noise to words, which, similar to his contemporary Beckett, are reduced to a succession of incomprehensible vowel sounds.