M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

JACQUES TATI

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 , Jacques Tati.  Cinematography by , . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by , , .  

Somewhere between Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp and Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean lies the hilarity of ‘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

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