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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

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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

Monsieur Hulot's car, a Salmson AL3, was heavily modified for this film. 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

[first lines]
Commandant: ...and, dear Lady, in those days I was a Cavalry Captain, and there was discipline and authority!
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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

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 »

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Very Enjoyable Throwback
21 July 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Jacques Tati's first Monsieur Hulot feature is an enjoyable throwback to the days of silent comedy, with plenty of Tati's own style thrown in as well. The series of vignettes passes by at a well-timed pace, and for all that there is little in terms of plot development, it's not long at all before you feel as if you know not just Hulot but the other characters as well.

The vacation setting makes for a pleasant, leisurely atmosphere that makes a nice setting for Hulot and the others. Each scene has plenty of good-natured humor, and most of them also contain some amusing details that are hard to catch the first time you see it, making it well worth re-watching.

The opening sequences are easy to identify with, for all that the story occurs in another time and place, since some of the numerous snags faced by the vacationers are common experiences. Then, from the time that Hulot leaves the door open as he enters, there is a non-stop stream of good comic material that highlights Tati's own character.

By keeping the dialogue to a minimum, it emphasizes the visual gags (with occasional sound effects), some of which are also amusing yet wordless comments on human nature. Tati's style would have worked very well in silent comedy, yet he also has his own character, not an imitation of Keaton or of Chaplin or of anyone else. He made even better use of the character in "Mon Oncle", but this one well deserves to be remembered and enjoyed as well.


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