Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot
France, 1953. Discina Film, Cady Films, Specta Films. Story, Dialogue and Screenplay by Henri Marquet, Jacques Tati. Cinematography by Jacques Mercanton, Jean Mousselle. Produced by Fred Orain. Music by Alain Romans. Production Design by Roger Briaucourt, Henri Schmitt. Film Editing by Suzanne Baron, Charles Bretoneiche, Jacques Grassi.
Somewhere between Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp and Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean lies the hilarity of Jacques Tati‘s famous character Mr. Hulot. The first of many adventures featuring the title character, in this one the winsome hero takes a vacation in the French countryside. We are privy to all the antics of the nearby seaside vacationers and how they interact with him in mostly non-dialogue situations that emphasize physical comedy above all else. It’s absolutely hilarious.
The Criterion Collection: #110
Academy Award Nomination: Best Story and Screenplay
Berlin Film Festival: In Competition
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition