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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

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Don’t miss this special screening of Jacques Tati’s hilarious 1953 summer vacation classic, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, and then travel over to Tucson Museum of Art to see their new exhibit, “Travelogue: Grand Destinations and Personal Journeys,” on display from May 18 – September 29!
Pipe-smoking Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort where his presence provokes one crazed catastrophe after another. Tati’s wildly funny satire of vacationers determined to enjoy themselves includes a series of precisely choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers. The first entry in the beloved Hulot series (followed by Mon Oncle, Playtime and Trafic) is a masterpiece of gentle slapstick, featuring a soundtrack filled with breezy jazz that perfectly captures the fleeting pleasures of a summer vacation, abetted magnificently by its sunny black-and-white cinematography. It’s a one-of-a-kind film, a testament to the warm, relaxing joys that a perfect summer holiday can offer. And, despite its Palme d’or win at Cannes and its stateside Oscar nomination for best foreign film, the retro feel that the passing decades have bestowed upon it may make it even more enjoyable today than it was in 1953. (Dir. by Jacques Tati, 1953, France, in English/French/German with English subtitles, 88 mins., Not Rated)

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