Sunday, January 11, 2015

Movie review - "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday" (1953) **

French comedy classic from Jacques Tati was very popular in France on release, and the art house circuit, but I wasn't wild about it. I didn't find it very funny and it felt as though it went for along time - the plotlessness of it adds to that. It's a series of jokes centered around a holiday town with a bunch of people on holiday - Tati is in it as Hulot but it's not really a vehicle, lots of other people have a go. There are pot shots at bragging war veterans, intellectuals, sexy girls, bratty kids, English women.

it has a pleasing laid back charm and captures the atmosphere of sea side holidays. But if I want silent (or silent ish - there's a little dialogue and a lot of sound) comedy.

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