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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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,504
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview aired on French television, Jacques Tati recounted a story when he bought a ticket to see the film, entered the theater late (and in the dark), and sat by a corpulent man who did not recognize the auteur. Tati said the man laughed heartily throughout the film and kept nudging him with his elbow, saying "what an asshole he is" of Monsieur Hulot. See more »

Goofs

The man being served a drink in the hotel wears a dark ascot; when the waiter gives him the drink, he is wearing a light-colored ascot. 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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Much More Than Simple Slapstick
29 July 2004 | by Lex-13See 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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