#274: PlayTime

76wagzexpnfnqzxqutsnbxbo7bd#274 – PlayTime, 1967, Jacques Tati

Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

#393: Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

r4f4tsu0ajeh9zyukwojsymioj7#393 – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, (Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot), 1953, Jacques Tati

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

#789: Mon Oncle

wh6rypixfy8inlbvivkchlvombc#789 – Mon Oncle, 1958, Jacques Tati

Genial, bumbling Monsieur Hulot loves his top-floor apartment in a grimy corner of the city, and cannot fathom why his sister’s family has moved to the suburbs. Their house is an ultra-modern nightmare, which Hulot only visits for the sake of stealing away his rambunctious young nephew. Hulot’s sister, however, wants to win him over to her new way of life, and conspires to set him up with a wife and job.