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Douglas Johnson

27 September 1990
The Rise and Fall of Anti-Americanism: A Century of French Perception 
edited by Denis Lacorne, Jacques Rupnik and Marie-France Toinet, translated by Gerald Turner.
Macmillan, 258 pp., £35, August 1990, 0 333 49025 8
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... annoy a friend whose phone was on this particular exchange, one referred to it as ‘Truman’. In Jacques Tati’s film, Jour de Fête, the technological speed and efficiency with which Americans delivered the mail is contrasted with the more homely methods of French postmen. At one point a postman cycles past at great speed, pretending to use a telephone ...

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