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M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953+)

27 Jan

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As someone points out in comments on Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, “there were a number of versions of the film as Tati added bits over the years : for instance, the ‘Jaws’ sequence was added after Spielberg’s film was released.” The DVD offers two soundtracks, one in English (sometimes rather odd English) done by Jacques Tati himself, and the other in French. Only occasionally does the dialogue matter, however: the ironic news broadcasts and the snippet of Marxist discussion being a couple of such occasions.

Mister Bean owes Tati a great debt.

If you have never seen this comic classic, you really must. Don’t expect a plot, but do expect to laugh. The image at the head of this entry is from the end of the movie and is the only use of colour in it.

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Posted by on January 27, 2007 in Cultural and other, Diversions, Films, DVDs, TV

 

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