I discovered an utterly charming movie made in 1953 by the French comedic director Jacques Tati that has become one of my favorite movies of all time. Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr Hulot’s Holiday) is a comedy film starring and directed by Jacques Tati.
This comedy introduces the well-meaning but clumsy character of Monsieur Hulot, who appears in Tati’s subsequent films, including Mon Oncle, Playtime, and Trafic. It is a charming movie set in a French resort town that finds humor in life’s daily encounters.
This film was created at a time when comedy did not rely on sexual innuendo or profanity to be funny. The wit, creativity, and physical humor of Jacques Tati is what makes this movie entertaining and genuinely funny. In spite of the fact that his movies are in French, the humor is universal. You owe it to yourself to search out his films. They are usually available from most movie and dvd outlets and for streaming online.
A sample of Jacques Tati earliest work can be seen in the film short “The School For Postman” that is available for streaming for streaming online (Google it). It shows the development of his Mr Hulot character and classic physical humor in its early stages. Worth a view!