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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Cast

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

Tati had discovered Saint- Marc sur Mer whilst staying with friends. A statue of Hulot stands on the promenade overlooking the beach. See more »

Goofs

When Hulot tries to get a book around another person, a book appears on the lamp table from nowhere. See more »

Quotes

Fashionable Male Youth #1: [to Martine] What about my place? I have a sensational record by Billie Holiday.
Fashionable Male Youth #2: I prefer the Duke.
Fashionable Male Youth #3: What about Fats Waller?
Fashionable Male Youth #1: [Offering a cigarette to Martine] A king-size?
Fashionable Male Youth #2: Perhaps you'd prefer mine?
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Very Enjoyable Throwback
21 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jacques Tati's first Monsieur Hulot feature is an enjoyable throwback to the days of silent comedy, with plenty of Tati's own style thrown in as well. The series of vignettes passes by at a well-timed pace, and for all that there is little in terms of plot development, it's not long at all before you feel as if you know not just Hulot but the other characters as well.

The vacation setting makes for a pleasant, leisurely atmosphere that makes a nice setting for Hulot and the others. Each scene has plenty of good-natured humor, and most of them also contain some amusing details that are hard to catch the first time you see it, making it well worth re-watching.

The opening sequences are easy to identify with, for all that the story occurs in another time and place, since some of the numerous snags faced by the vacationers are common experiences. Then, from the time that Hulot leaves the door open as he enters, there is a non-stop stream of good comic material that highlights Tati's own character.

By keeping the dialogue to a minimum, it emphasizes the visual gags (with occasional sound effects), some of which are also amusing yet wordless comments on human nature. Tati's style would have worked very well in silent comedy, yet he also has his own character, not an imitation of Keaton or of Chaplin or of anyone else. He made even better use of the character in "Mon Oncle", but this one well deserves to be remembered and enjoyed as well.


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