Date(s) - 08/01/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8 January 7pm
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
(U) 1hr 30m (Exploring Film)
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Tati’s glorious comic masterpiece follows its lovable, gauche, protagonist as he attempts to relax ‘en vacances’ but in the process accidentally causes havoc.
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – Shy and complex, the geeky Monsieur Hulot (Tati) – clad in trademark trench coat, short trousers and stripy socks – aims to please but with his unfortunate clumsiness, usually ends up upsetting people instead. Tati gently mocks the more rigid types in French society who watch in horror as Hulot inadvertently barges in on a funeral, sets a fireworks stand on fire with his pipe and topples a Ming vase – rarely noticing the trail of destruction behind him, and all the while trying to impress a young ingénue.
Minimal dialogue, an innovative use of sound, lighting and composition combine to make the film feel ahead of its time; an effortlessly well-choreographed fusion of sight gags, slapstick and satire which launched Tati and his alter ego to international stardom.
The British Film Institute’s blockbuster Comedy Genius season is the UK’s greatest ever celebration of film and TV comedy – bringing the gift of laughter just when we need it most! Our Film Festival Sunday films and our first two screenings of January – His Girl Friday and Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – form part of this Comedy Genius season in which we are delighted to be taking part.
With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery and with thanks to ‘Groundwork: One Stop Carriers for Causes ‘for their continued support.
Tickets: Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00
Coming Soon: The Wife, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody