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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>

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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:

Monsieur 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

In the English version, Christopher Lee dubbed the entire film. See more »

Goofs

After his arrival, Msr. Hulot leaves from the hotel reception desk and makes for his room, neither being handed the room keys nor being told the room number. How does he know which room to go to? 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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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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Brings its own popcorn.
22 June 2005 | by sothisislifeSee all my reviews

If you do not have the time or money to travel back to 1953 to spend a French holiday, you might as well just watch M. Hulot's Holiday. Honestly holidays are stressful and barely ever as good as you want them to be anyway, while this movie was much more than I expected it to be.

The humor in the film is warm, never condescending or patronizing to the characters. There is always the sense of fun. The movie really sells itself to me by not making Mr. Hulot a buffoon alone in the crowd. Circumstance and happening reveals everyone to be capable of situational humor, the accidents of the movie are shared with a laugh.

It is an observational movie, and the majority of the humor is not forced, neither upon us nor upon the movie itself. It merely shows how people can get involved in each others' lives, how funny the average day can be. It is like attending a family reunion, really. The camera does not stick itself to Mr. Hulot, but goes anywhere for a laugh. If a small boy is doing something funny, the camera will be there to capture it all, and then leave the boy. This would make another film feel large, but because there is no story to the film, because there is no main character to feel especially attached to, it always feels personal, it always feel like you are seeing something nobody else is.

Perhaps the best part is that the film sticks with you for days afterward, and soon Mr. Hulot's Holiday shows its real genius, as you start noticing similar things happening around you.


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