Martine’s holiday with windows. (Mr Hulot’s Holiday, Tati, 1953)
Portrayed by Nathalie Pascaud. Pascaud’s real name was/is Jacqueline Schillio and
besides being a friend of a friend of Tati, she was a so called neophyte
- a beginner. I doubt she took acting lessons of some kind, never read
info on that one. Pascaud did act in one or two others movies afterwards, so it seems. Her
husband received a role -as Monsieur Schmutz- because Pascaud did not want
to part from her husband during the filming of Les Vacances, and Tati
did want her for the role.
In 2008, Wes Anderson teamed up with Brad Pitt for a commercial for Japanese cell phones. The commercial takes inspiration from Jacques Tati’s Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot. Anderson filmed Pitt in one continuous shot at a French seaside town.
Watched this on TV tonight! Can’t remember the last time I watched a movie on TV. And I didn’t even scout it out, Dad did. He’d never heard of Tati of course, but as soon as he said “Hulot?” I filled him in and decided we would watch it. I was feeling like rubbish tonight and it turned out to be the perfect thing. My family members weren’t fans but I think it helped when I dropped my knowledge down whenever I could. And I enjoyed it so whatever, right? It was relaxing.
The English-language version of Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot begins with a warning: “Don’t look for a plot, for a holiday is meant purely for fun.” The film does not feature a plot in the traditional sense of a novel or short story, but presents recurring themes, episodes, and characters that bear more of a resemblance to poetic structure. The film is also noted for Tati’s use of wide-angle cinematic framing, in which a motionless camera captures the action without following the actors or cutting to close ups that emphasize the jokes and actors’ reactions.
Pictures: on set photography from Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) Jacques Tati and Nathalie Pascaud (stage name)
Mr. Hulot is full of grace; he is a kind of angel, and the disorder that he brings is one filled with freedom and exuberance as well as compassion. “ -Bert Cardullo on Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot-
"Demandez-vous d'où vient, à la fin des Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, cette grande tristesse, ce désenchantement démesuré, et vous découvrirez peut-être que c'est du silence. Tout au long du film, les cris des enfants qui jouent accompagnent inévitablement les vues de la plage, et pour la première fois leur silence signifie la fin des vacances.” -André Bazin, 1953-