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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 16 June 1954 (USA)
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.



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Complete credited cast:
Nathalie Pascaud ...
Micheline Rolla ...
The Aunt (as Michèle Rolla)
Valentine Camax ...
Lucien Frégis ...
Hotel Proprietor (as Lucien Fregis)
Suzy Willy ...
Commandant's Wife
Marguerite Gérard ...
Strolling Woman
Louis Pérault ...
André Dubois ...
Raymond Carl ...
René Lacourt ...
Strolling Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Chomo ...
Denise - Girl Scout with Backpack
Édouard Francomme ...
Restaurant Patron


Monsieur Hulot goes on a holiday to a seaside resort, but accidents and misunderstandings follow him where ever he goes. The peace and quiet of the hotel guests don't last very long with Hulot around, because although his intensions are good, they always turn out catastrophically. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike!




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When Hulot first enters the hotel and closes the door behind himself, we see his cap on his head while bending to pick up the suitcase. Next, when he straightens, the cap is in his hand with the suitcase. See more »


Opening Titles: Mr. Hulot is off for a week by the sea. Take a seat behind his camera, and you can spend it with him. Don't look for a plot, for a holiday is meant purely for fun, and if you look for it, you will find more fun in ordinary life than in fiction.
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Much More Than Simple Slapstick
29 July 2004 | by (Northampton, MA) – See all my reviews

It's probably easy to see this as just a relatively late occurrence of classic slapstick. In fact, the slapstick dimension is quite masterful. But there's a lot more to this movie than the comedic value of seeing someone get kicked. Part of the charm comes from the structure of the movie. Instead of a linear narrative or a series of sketches, it's a multi-dimensional portrait of different aspects of human nature. The "point" of the movie, if there is one (there's more likely a large array of "points" in this apparently simple comedy), isn't put out ostentatiously throughout the film. For instance, if Tati intended to admonish people to have some fun in life, it's not by showing how Hulot's having fun but by showing the respect fun may have with some people. There's also the purely aesthetic pleasure derived from a well-crafted movie. This one's fluid enough that nothing appears superfluous, from sun rays passing between drapes to one of Hulot's "accidental" gestures. Of course, there's a nostalgic value in watching such a movie. Not for 1950s France but for another era, however long ago, when insouciance might have been acceptable.

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