Jacques Tati’s Serious Gags

This week, Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by the critic Muriel Zagha to marvel at a five-volume, “definitive” study of the iconic French filmmaker Jacques Tati, every aspect of whose apparently chaotic cinematic universe was controlled to the nth degree; Calum Mechie considers some new approaches to the life and legacy of George Orwell; and – “Can we take it? Can Dickens take it?” – ’tis the season for adaptations of A Christmas Carol…

The Definitive Jacques Tati, edited by Alison Castle

On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A biography by D. J. Taylor

Orwell: A man of our time by Richard Bradford

Becoming George Orwell: Life and letters, legend and legacy, by John Rodden

Eileen: The making of George Orwell, by Sylvia Topp 

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