Tati’s (M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY) first film frolics through the adventures of François, a rural postman who is the object of ridicule from his fellow townspeople because of his archaic methods. After watching an American film about modern methods, he mounts his beloved bicycle to demonstrate his own progressive ideas for postal efficiency. A film about technology and change—the bicycle represents traditional, humane values in a world increasingly dominated by machines and driven by the demands of speed and technology—that still resonates in the digital age.
Appears in: Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
Other Films by Jacques Tati
Tati’s second feature introduces the beloved character Monsieur Hulot, the bumbling, charming, near-silent uncle figure at the heart of his work (including most of his subsequent films—Mon Oncle Amerique, Playtime, Trafic). Sensing a subtle shift in French society during the postwar period, Tati takes Hulot on vacation to the beaches of Southern France—where people are …