“Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday”

Or, more correctly, “Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot”.

Jacques Tati, the French film maker and script writer, made this wonderful film and it was released to the world in 1953.

Many of Tati’s films make use of the big screen. “Playtime”, for example, was shot using the 70mm film format. Very often, the camera is static and events just evolve.

Everything in this film has a noise, and the car is a star.

Tati revisited the film several times over the years, fine tuning it, andd there are different versions available. There’s a Tati box set with at least two versions on.

This film follows Tati’s character Hulot as he goes on holiday to the seaside. Disasters happen.

It’s a very French film, of course, and pokes fun at a number of French political types and at French life.

The dialogue, such as it is, is deliberately matter-of-fact. It is a delightful film with some genuinely funny moments, and worth finding on bluray. It bears repeated viewing.

Tati revisited the character, but really wanted to move on. I often think that the Tony Hancock film “The Punch And Judy Man” was his attempt to make a British version of “Holiday”, with all the grimness of the English seaside.

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