Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the... See full summary »
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.
A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring ... See full summary »
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>
During its original release in 1953, the film had quite a successful domestic run, selling more than 5 million tickets in France. See more »
When Hulot tries to get a book around another person, a book appears on the lamp table from nowhere. See more »
...and, dear Lady, in those days I was a Cavalry Captain, and there was discipline and authority!
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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 »
In 1960, for a second run in theaters, Tati re-cut the movie, removing some shots and extending others. Most notably, a color stamp is added to the final shot (as if it was a holiday postcard). In 1978, after the success of _Jaws (1975)_, Tati shot some additional material to extend the scene with the folding boat (adding Hulot's struggle to reopen the collapsed boat, causing a panic among beachgoers). See more »
"Mr. Hulot's Holiday" is a terrific comedy. But be warned, it is also deliberately paced, almost lacking in dialog, and absolutely plot less. In order for you to enjoy this film, you must not wait for the "story" to begin--there is not one. In fact, the film is not much more than a series of sight gags held together by a single set of characters and a single locale--but as such, it is brilliant.
Director/Star Tati's work in the Hulot films was an obvious influence on the solo films of Jerry Lewis a decade later. It is amazing that the French purportedly think Lewis a genius when in fact his best films (such as "The Bellboy," "The Ladies Man," "The Errand Boy," etc) borrow from the Tati style to the point of plagiarism.
Well, the original is better, and you don't have to endure the constant mugging.
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