Les vacances de monsier Hulot, or Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, is a classic French comedy film from 1953 which introduces the character Mr. Hulot, played by Jacques Tati.
Although this is a sync-sound film, there is little or no actual dialog. The film is a series of gag scenes as Mr Hulot arrives at the seaside resort. Although his intentions are good, Mr. Hulot creates problems wherever he goes, leaving a trail of mishaps and bewildered guests.
The character of Mr. Hulot, portrayed by the director Jacques Tati, was supposedly inspired by Charlie Chaplain. And Mr. Hulot, in turn inspired other comedy characters, notably Rowan Atkinson’s Mr, Bean. Also the character in Russ Meyer’s 1959 film The Immoral Mr. Teas. And possibly the film shorts from the 1960s A Day With Doodles, starring actor-comedian Doodles Weaver.
The musical soundtrack of this film is also noteworthy, especially since there is almost no dialog in the film. The music is mostly variations on the theme “Quel temps fait-il à Paris”, by Alain Romans.
Les vacances was shot in the town of Saint-Marc-sur-Mer
The film begins by showing various French vacationers heading off to a holiday at the seashore. They travel by train, by autobus, and by private automobile. Mr. Hulot drives to a seaside resort in an odd little automobile.
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Director: Jacques Tati
Producer: Fred Orain
Stars: Jacques Tati, Paul Demangr, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Runtime: 114 minutes
Release Date: February 25, 1953
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