Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday Film Still

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Jacques Tati

 
  • France
  • 1953
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #110

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

Cast

Monsieur HulotJacques Tati
MartineNathalie Pascaud
The auntMicheline Rolla
EnglishwomanValentine Camax
FredLouis Perrault
CommandantAndré Dubois
Hotel proprietorLucien Frégis
WaiterRaymond Carl
Strolling coupleRené Lacourt
Strolling coupleMarguerite Gérard
Commandant's wifeSuzy Willy
South American manGeorges Adlin

Credits

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of director Jacques Tati’s 1978 rerelease version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Original 1953 version of the film
  • Introduction by actor and comedian Terry Jones
  • Clear Skies, Light Breeze, a 2013 visual essay by Tati expert Stéphane Goudet about the debut of Monsieur Hulot
  • Interview with Tati from a 1978 episode of the French television program Ciné regards
  • New interview with film composer and critic Michel Chion on Tati’s use of sound design
  • Optional English-language soundtrack for the rerelease version
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

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Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

M. Hulot’s Holiday

By David EhrensteinJanuary 05, 2004

One of the most original—and hilarious—comedies ever made, M. Hulot’s Holiday has delighted . . . Read more »

Film Essays

126_053_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

130_053_t_thumbnail

Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Jacques Tati

By Peter CowieOctober 23, 2014

The author recalls meeting the filmmaker in a Swedish hotel in the ’70s. Read more »


Photo Galleries

12 Great Parting Shots

July 16, 2012


Clippings

Revival Meeting

November 17, 2010

Our friend and coworker Sarah Finklea, of Janus Films, was one of a handful of industry . . . Read more »


News

Hand-Drawn Tati

April 27, 2010

French animator Sylvain Chomet, whose idiosyncratic, elegant, hand-drawn style and quirky . . . Read more »


Clippings

TATI’S RIGHT-HAND MAN

June 10, 2009

There’s a cornucopia for Tati fans over at Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell’s blog, . . . Read more »


Clippings

BAZIN UNBURIED

May 14, 2009

Here’s a definite must-read: in its latest issue, Bright Lights Film Journal features André . . . Read more »


On Five

APRIL IN TATIVILLE

By Alexandre MabilonApril 22, 2009

Some of you might have seen the news item on our website regarding the Jacques Tati “ . . . Read more »


News

JACQUES TATI: A SORTA CENTENNIAL

April 06, 2009

Paris is turning into Tativille starting tomorrow, April 8, until August 2, with the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

M. Hulot’s Holiday

By David EhrensteinJanuary 05, 2004

One of the most original—and hilarious—comedies ever made, M. Hulot’s Holiday has delighted . . . Read more »