Monday, January 14, 2013

Seaside Dreams: 'Monsieur Hulot's Holiday'

Some of my favorite films are by the French actor/writer/director Jacques Tati.  His physical comedy and quiet humor make his Monsieur Hulot character a cross between Chaplin's Little Tramp and Mr. Bean.  Hulot is mostly silent, very friendly, and completely ridiculous.

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In 1953's Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Tati absolutely captures the sense of freedom we all feel during a well-deserved vacation!  During his misadventures at the beach, Monsieur Hulot dresses like a pirate, crashes a funeral service, sets off about three tons of fireworks, and plays the most absurd game of tennis ever.

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Nathalie Pascaud as Martine--isn't she adorable?

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3 comments:

  1. What a charming looking film! Movies like this are an especially big joy to watch during the bitingly cold winter months, when - even if you're a fan of the season - it's especially nice to day dream about time spent on a toasty summer beach.

    ♥ Jessica

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