Random Moments of Delight #25 & a French Man!

Random Moments of Delight #25

Jaques Tatis

“M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY” “Mon Oncle” and sweet childhood memories

I was having a conversation with Oliana from Traces of the Soul this week.  Sometimes she writes in French and I was confessing my terrible prowess at speaking other languages.

For some odd reason it got me thinking about Jaques Tatis, I asked her if she had ever watched any of his films, she said no.  So I took to looking up some, I found the first one, it is just clips of a holiday film he directed and starred in, plus I had to insert another, called Mon Oncle, they are very short.

It did however bring back lovely memories of my childhood.

My stepfather had a lot of his videos and would show them to me bit by bit, much like a child being given sweets, he obviously coveted them and as such I am very sentimental now watching them and the memory of us all as a family enjoying Monsieur Tati’s antics.

His films date back to the 1950’s, he rarely talked in them himself, though there are exaggerated sounds and it is almost slap stick humour but not quite 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this small clip, they are little snippets you can find many more on You Tube

Had you heard of him before?


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  16 comments for “Random Moments of Delight #25 & a French Man!

  1. Phoenix Tears Healed
    June 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    😀 I love Jacques Tai, used to watch him on tv when I was a pan lid (kid)


    • June 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Awe great so glad to meet someone else who watched him hehe! Did you also watch the boy with the red balloon? It’s not a Tati film but same era and arty kinda film silent pretty much x


      • Phoenix Tears Healed
        June 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        it rings a bell, I will go have a look 🙂 glad you posted the vids, took me down memory lane; have yiu ever seen Harold Lloyd, he was one of my favorites.


        • June 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

          No I don’t know him? What type of films? X


          • Phoenix Tears Healed
            June 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

            He’s in silent black and white’s he does fantastic stunts, they are incredible to see.


            • June 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

              Oooh might have to look him up them! 😀 thanks for telling me hehe


              • Phoenix Tears Healed
                June 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

                here;s a vrief compliation from some of his films –



  2. June 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    It’s been a while but I’ve seen “Mon Oncle” and “M. Hulot’s Holiday”. I remember him keeping me engaged with his slapstick antics. It’s time to revisit his movies! I’m quite certain that I would see many things I missed the first time around. I haven’t had a chance to see his others but would like to see “Playtime” next. A comedian closest in style to him that I can think of is Peter Sellars.


    • June 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Hah yes your right re peter sellers very good! I think I need to re visit all of them aswell. So glad I brought back some memories 🙂 lovely to have you pop by xx


  3. June 23, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    I’ve never seen him! Thank you for introducing me. I have seen the boy with the red balloon however, and yes I can see that same style. I can see Peter Sellers too! and I do vaguely remember Harold Lloyd… my goodness it’s a feast of films I can now revisit. How fun. Thank you for a great delight today! xoxoxo


    • June 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      oh im so excited you saw the boy with the red balloon i dont know anyone else yet who has 🙂 Glad to introduce you to some French classics and yes Peter Sellers similar, Happy Monday to you xxx


  4. June 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    No, I have never heard of him. He must have covered quite a span of years. It was interesting to see it move from black and white in one clip to color in the next.


  5. June 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I love French humour!!
    In my country,on TV cables we only have French channels,so I’m pretty acquainted with them!
    It’s a pity you don’t read French.Otherwise you would have died laughing at so many great humorists! (Kad et Olivier,Gad,Eric et Ramzy,etc etc).


    • June 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      i wish i did speak other languages, just not a natural at it 😦


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