Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot

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This film is not currently scheduled to screen at New Park.

This is the fourth BFI remastered comedy this season, which sees Monsieur Hulot arrive at a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

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This was the first film to introduce Jacques Tati’s much-loved alter ego Monsieur Hulot, it set the pattern for future appearances, throwing the bumbling hero unwittingly into the middle of the action and letting the ensuing mishaps provoke humour ranging from gentle observations to fairly biting satire.

Nearly dialogue-free and driven more by episode than plot, standout set pieces include a disrupted funeral, an interrupted game of cards, and a game of tennis played with rules that can politely be called unconventional. Tati was the heir to the great comics of the silent era - Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. If you have not seen this classic – make sure you see it this time around. (Some subtitles)

This season is part of 'Comedy Genius', a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to #bficomedy