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Mr. Hulot's Holiday

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Jacques Tati, master of his own idiosyncratic genre of cinematic slapstick, followed up his acclaimed debut JOUR DE FTE with the equally ingenious MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY. Five years in the making, the film marks the debut of Tati's altar ego, Mr. Hulot, a gangly and awkward Frenchman, perpetually the center and possible cause of a whirlwind of disasters, pratfalls, and mishaps. Tati's scrupulous attention to detail and almost arabesque sense of humor colors the entire film, from the departure of a gaggle of tourists from a malfunctioning train station to the minutiae of resort life. In place of a plot, a series of disastrous coincidences, surreal sight gags and irascible indignations erupt around Mr. Hulot as he gallantly and obliviously strolls through his seaside vacation. While he tries to impress a lovely ingenue, Hulot inadvertently barges in on a funeral, ignites a fireworks stand with his pipe, and topples a Ming vase, rarely realizing the extent of the damage he causes. Tati expertly crafts the visual bombast of traditional slapstick into a beautiful and intricate sequence of incidents, accompanied by an equally elegant and intriguing seaside soundtrack of lapping waves, laughing children and transistor radios, all merging into an absurd symphony of cinematic delight.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HUL040

  • Credits
    Jacques Tati, Jacques Tatischeff, Nathalie Pascaud, Lucien Fregis, Jean-Pierre Zola
  • Critic Reviews
    "...MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY is as blissful as a sunny day at the beach..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The movie is constructed with the meticulous attention to detail of a Keaton or Chaplin....The movie is about the simplest of human pleasures..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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