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Mr Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances De M.Hulot) [VHS] [1953]

Jacques Tati , Nathalie Pascaud , Jacques Tati    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Louis Perrault, André Dubois, Lucien Frégis
  • Directors: Jacques Tati
  • Writers: Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet, Jacques Lagrange, Pierre Aubert
  • Producers: Jacques Tati, Fred Orain
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Connoisseur
  • VHS Release Date: 29 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJKE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Forefather of Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean, Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot--a recurring character in several of his movies--is a blithely clumsy troublemaker, an insouciant twit who leaves uproar in his wake without being aware of it. Trying to describe this 1953 comedy is next to impossible except to say it is a series of vignettes at a vacation resort, with the distracted Hulot providing a lot of laughs. Tati directs, and in a way what that really means is that he composes this movie with a perfect eye and ear for the comic possibilities in everything: composition, lighting, minimal marble-mouth dialogue, certain sounds (a duck call, a door repeatedly opening and shutting). This is a superior work that ranks among all-time classic comedies. --Tom Keogh

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless gentle humour - a classic 4 Oct 2001
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
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Mr Hulot's Holiday is simply one of the funniest films you'll ever see. In a series of hilarious episodes the blundering Hulot unwittingly causes havoc in a seaside resort. Tati's genius for mime is breathtaking at times - the perfect slapstick timing of Laurel & Hardy without the melodramatics. There is shrewd social observation and a host of real characters with endearing quirks and habits. There are so many visually comic ideas that you only become aware of them after many viewings. A film which holds you in a spell and generates timeless comedy at no-one's expense.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you get 29 Jan 2009
Jacques Tati is one of the great comedian/directors, but he was an impossible perfectionist in his movie-making, and died bankrupt as a result. He lost the rights to his movies in the wake of the ruinous folly that is "Playtime", and since his death the bones have been picked over for profit by a variety of people. As one reviewer points out, the British Film Institute misses out scenes, while I've seen the Japanese DVD which has completely irrelevant sub-titles. If you are offered something billed as the 1977 version, don't buy it, it's chopped around. And there's no cheap easy way into Tati, as all his films retail at £12-£15, even assuming they're available.

Many people don't "get" Tati, frustrated by his lack of plot, and episodes which don't seem to go anywhere. But those who complain about his lack of skill as a film-maker are probably watching a duff version.

Certainly "Les Vacances" has only the plot of a fortnight's holiday, but that's enough to give the film a rhythm, each day started with the catchy clarinet tune and the opening of the window to look at the sea. (The only day which doesn't have the tune is the last, when everyone is sad to be going home.) Like holidays, the days seem to merge into each other, punctuated only by special Treats like the picnic, the fireworks, the Costume Ball. Some events, like some gags, lead nowhere, other jokes are recurring.

What makes Tati great seems to me threefold. First, unlike so many comics, he isn't a one-trick pony. He spreads his gags around all the characters, who are fully rounded and believable people. Most of them we know little of - like we know little about the people we happen to share a hotel or a beach with.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He did it first 19 Nov 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. Owing much to Chaplin and - to a lesser extent - Buster Keaton and Will Hay, Tati's creation is a bumbling bringer of mayhem who remains oblivious to the chaos he creates around him. As the title suggests, the film follows M. Hulot on his seaside holiday. Each scene is brilliantly executed and masterfully played to squeeze every last comic drop from every situation. Less pacy than Chaplin or Keaton, but no less funny, highlights include the wonderfully choreographed table tennis scene and the closing firework extravaganza. This is an almost totally silent film (the few words which are spoken are in English) which demonstrates the truly universal flavour of physical and visual comedy. M. Hulot is undoubtedly the precursor of such comic creations as Frank Spencer and Mr Bean: as is often the case, those who came after are pale imitations.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive edition 27 Nov 2010
BFI have excelled themselves with this release. The package contains a Blu-Ray of the glistening 2009 restoration of the 1978 version of Les Vacances (French and International languages, with subtities), and the original 1953 version (French with subtitles). The 1953 version has a different, more laid-back recording of the music, runs slightly longer, and does not appear to have been issued in any home format before.

The DVD contains all of the above plus the 1978 trailer and an interview with Dick Lester. This last item is strange in that is tells you as much about Dick Lester, Buster Keaton, Peter Sellers and A Show Called Fred as it does Jacques Tati. Lester seems not even to have watched the film for quite some time, and then he's only seen it 4 times. I would still recommend it for any fan of comedy.

Philip Kemp has written a revealing yet concise essay in the enclosed booklet explaining the background to the film and the origins of the different versions.

The film itself is of course 5 stars (although Playtime (Blu-ray + DVD) is my personal favourite). For those unfamiliar, it's an extremely laid-back character study of a week's vacation on the French coast, crammed with visual jokes both subtle and obvious. Tati is, however, never afraid to take his time to set the scene and develop gags. It rewards repeated viewing and deserves to be placed near the top of any list of great comedies.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Hulots Holiday 9 Dec 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I fell in love with this film fifty years ago. I have seen this film over thirty times in the passing years, and can still find it the funnyist film I have ever seen. In my opinion it is the cult film for comedy. You can see it over and over again and still laugh just as much at it. Buy it and you will not be disappointed, I am so glad that it has been finally released for a new generation to sit down and enjoy. Watch and laugh, your money will not be wasted !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS !
I slipped off my cinema seat when first seeing it! Laughing throughout.
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Published 23 days ago by Klaus A. Irrgang
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Published 1 month ago by Harvey Rosten
5.0 out of 5 stars A special film.
Humour as it should be. Some laugh out loud moments and a lot of subtle obseravtions make this gentle film a true classic that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Published 2 months ago by novelevon
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved
A good laughing clown and a good chukle almost as good as the Marx Brothers a good continental laugh Recommend
Published 2 months ago by Laurence Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday in Brittany - Ou sont les plages d'antan?
St Marc-sur-Mer is sandwiched between St Nazaire and La Baule. It has one main street leading to the sea and the hotel (now modernised) seen in the film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film
This film looks a lot older than it actually is. The sound is really bad but it's not necessary, since it's a visual kind of humour. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars hulot
I already have this on old fashioned video but wished to take it on holiday to play on DVD. I find it a charming , if old fashined, sense of humour and most relaxing.
Published 6 months ago by tcvsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
If you want to laugh till you wet yourself then this is the film for you, sorry but Mr Bean copied this man and didn't do a very good job. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The incomparable Jacques Tati as M. Hulot is one of the funniest films ever made. With no distracting dialogue, the comedy is brilliant and can be understood by anyone, no matter... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Menarue
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