Monsieur Hulot's Holiday U
From the archive
This film was last shown on 11 December 2018
Jacques Tati’s glorious comic masterpiece, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday follows its lovably awkward protagonist as he attempts to relax.
The shy and geeky Monsieur Hulot (Tati) – clad in trademark trench coat, short trousers and stripy socks – aims to please but with his unfortunate clumsiness, usually ends up upsetting people instead. Tati gently mocks the more rigid types in French society who watch in horror as Hulot inadvertently barges in on a funeral, sets a fireworks stand on fire with his pipe and topples a Ming vase – rarely noticing the trail of destruction behind him, and all the while trying to impress a young woman.
Minimal dialogue, an innovative use of sound, lighting and composition combine to make the film feel ahead of its time; an effortlessly well-choreographed fusion of sight gags, slapstick and satire which launched Tati and his alter ego to international stardom.
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- 1 hour 29 minutes