Sunday Feature-Week 35: M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
Title: M. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de M.Hulot)
Tone: A light and sweet comedy à la Tati
Cast- Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
What: M. Hulot (Tati) takes a holiday at a beach resort and misadventure ensues.
- Mostly dialogue free, full of sight gags, and spun with the inimitable warmth and charm of Jacques Tati, M. Hulot’s Holiday is a perfect film to help bid adieu to summertime.
- Jacques Tati’s films often blend light-hearted humor with social commentary which give them their unique charm. In M. Hulot’s Holiday, Tati comments on the inability of some people to actually relax and enjoy their vacation due to their class or role in society.
- Tati’s often silent, pipe smoking, clumsy character of Monsier Hulot was a huge influence on Rowan Atkinson’s silent and clumsy character of Mr.Bean.
- M.Hulot’s Holiday marks the first appearance of Tati’s Monsieur Hulot character (the last appearance being Tati’s 1971 film Trafic). M.Hulot’s grand entrance in this film is pretty marvelous and sets the tone for the rest of the film. Take a gander at his entrance in the clip below. Enjoy!