Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Directed by Jacques Tati • 1953 • France

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.

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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1953 • France

    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...

Extras

  • Terry Jones

    This introduction to MONSIEUR HULOT’S HOLIDAY by actor and comedian Terry Jones was recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2001.

  • Original 1953 Theatrical Version

    This version of MONSIEUR HULOT’S HOLIDAY is the original theatrical release from 1953, which is 12 minutes longer than director Jacques Tati’s reedited 1978 version.

  • Clear Skies, Light Breeze

    In this video essay from 2013, Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet discusses the debut of Tati’s Monsieur Hulot character, among other topics.

  • Michel Chion

    In this interview, conducted in Paris in 2014, film composer and critic Michel Chion analyzes the sound design in Jacques Tati’s films.

  • “Ciné regards”: Jacques Tati, 1978

    In this 1978 episode of the French television show “Ciné regards,” Jacques Tati watches clips from his Monsieur Hulot films and talks about his role as both filmmaker and performer.