I remember i used to go there every summer as a kid and stay at the hôtel de la plage. And every time my stepfather would tell me again the story "this is where Tati shot Monsieur Hulot !". Fine old school comedy with, as always with Tati, a remarkable sound editing his trademark !
The addition of the shark canoe scene over 20 years after initial release was an unusually bad decision for Tati. It is completely incongruous. Stephane Goudet observed that the laughter of children loops throughout the many beach scenes, whereas the scenes with adults are often silent. Andre Bazin connected this silence to the melancholy ending. Superbly technical, endlessly endearing, hilariously funny!
Mr. Hulot's had better days. No great sketches, the only good one is the tennis. It's anarchism in a bad sense, stupidity at all, people trying to make sound all the time in a movie full of voices and no one, no one speaks. I think that's the reason why Tati reedited this through the years. He had an itchy on this one.
I don't find Hulot especially funny. Maybe it's the way Tati loads the frame and I sometimes miss the joke because I don't know where to look. That might appeal to others, but it also feeds into the fact that there is no build to the humour, it happens spontaneously with characters who aren't developed and don't speak. I am still waiting for the "click" but in the meantime I will stick to narrative driven humour.
The laconic humuor of this film makes Tati's work timeless. Also his work with sounds and language is remarkable: The real means to tell the story are the carefully arranged sounds - the whole film is a sound collage. In contrast the first real spoken words are uttered after 11 minutes, but the people mostly use formulas of everyday communication without real content.
This feels much like Tati’s first film, in its overriding feeling of serenity. It’s good to have breaks from all the dark and violence and just have a nice day at the beach. The whole film feels like breathing fresh air and feeling sunlight, and for a while not having to worry about everything and just lie back and relax. It gives off a radiance of happiness, humor, and good feeling.
"It is not a comedy of hilarity but a comedy of memory, nostalgia, fondness and good cheer. There are some real laughs in it, but “Mr. Hulot's Holiday” gives us something rarer, an amused affection for human nature--so odd, so valuable, so particular."(R.E)
Tati convierte el gag en su estado más limpio e incipiente. Una suerte de sincronización circense que no precisa de la palabra para provocar la simpatía y la risa. Blake Edwards y su Pantera Rosa le debe mucho a este Tati. La historia de un individuo vacacionando a medida que pone de cabeza la fiesta, como el Peter Sellers de "The party". Su final con aire melancólico me recuerda al final de "El circo" de Chaplin.
on the idyllic beaches of saint-nazaire (former WWII submarine base turned into a seaside resort - bitter aftertaste) tati's overgrown don quijote provokes the conservative maritime society with his involuntary offensive featuring loud jazz, fireworks, etc.