Jacques Tati and two female tennis players in Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Potential Films
Jacques Tati and two female tennis players in Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Potential Films
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Potential Films

ACMI presents

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot – special 35mm screenings

Jacques Tati | France | 1953 | G

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Sat 17 Dec 2022 - Wed 18 Jan 2023

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Jacques Tati’s best-known work – the first film to introduce his much-loved alter ego – is a masterpiece of gentle slapstick.

A comedy of memory, nostalgia, fondness and good cheer… with an amused affection for human nature… [and] the meticulous attention to detail of a Keaton or Chaplin.

Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) takes a holiday at a seaside resort in Brittany where his presence inadvertently provokes one mishap after another. Decked out in resortwear and polite to a fault, Monsieur Hulot’s genial presence becomes the catalyst for mayhem despite his best intentions to blend in, as he unintentionally disrupts a funeral, interrupts a game of cards and tries his hand at a spot of tennis.

Curator's Note

In the titular character’s first on-screen appearance, sight gags are set up with meticulous care by Tati, who trained as a mime in his youth. More than dialogue, which is sparse, Tati’s beguiling film is carried along by a lilting jazz-inflected score and punctuated with inventive sound effects.

– Roberta Ciabarra; Curator, Film

Format: 35mm
Language: In English and French with English subtitles
Source: Potential Films
Courtesy: Potential Films
Runtime: 88 min

Event duration

88 mins




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