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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.

Director:

Jacques Tati

Writers:

Pierre Aubert (with the collaboration of), Jacques Lagrange (with the collaboration of) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

16 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hulot's Holiday See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentan, Orne, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1955) | (re-release) (1978)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (bright red postage stamp at the end)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jacques Tati continued to revise the film throughout his life. In addition to the original 1953 version, he edited the film in 1960 and made a serious revision in 1978. See more »

Goofs

The second time Hulot enters the hotel, with the fishing net and rod, the way he holds them changes between shots. 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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Crazy Credits

The film ends with a shot of the now-deserted beach, over which is superimposed a graphic of a bright red postmarked stamp. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original French version is ca. 18 minutes longer than the US version. See more »

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An Absolute Hoot 10/10
5 March 2004 | by maryfiskSee all my reviews

A French classic every bit as funny as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Except for missing the wonderfully amusing sound effects, this nearly silent film could be viewed with the sound on mute. Its plethora of homages to the great films of the silent era, meticulously executed slapstick and sight gags make me grin, smile broadly and laugh out loud every time I watch this Gallic masterpiece.

On a visual level alone, this movie works. Kids too young to understand anything about how movies are supposed to work laugh at the kayak, the fireworks, the tennis, at M. Hulot's gawky awkwardness, etc, etc.

It takes a bit more maturity, or perhaps immersion in Gallic sensibilities, to get all the underlying humor.

Whereas Monty Python takes more obvious pokes at the French, Tati's Hulot takes subtle swipes at the Brits and the Americans. It's 1953. The English speaking world has saved France from the Germans, but the French are losing the cultural battle not only to their liberator's language, but to their mechanized world. Hulot, the old French owl (note Tati's birdlike mannerisms), has become the awkward outsider in his own seaside resort. In that context, much of what might appear disjointed, takes on an appealing continuity. Ferreting it all out is like peeling an onion, layer by layer. Each viewing finds something new.

A film which improves with age and frequent viewing.


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