Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Play Time, this four-day film festival presents the best works of famed director, writer and actor Jacques Tati. The triple threat – the writer/director/actor’s oeuvre is one of the most notable in film history – created the endearingly befuddled character Monsieur Hulot. A former mime, Tati’s early experiences acting without words influenced not only his impeccable comedic timing, but his penchant for creating films with little dialogue and perfectly composed visuals.
Aug. 6: 7 p.m., Peristyle
An adeptly choreographed, nearly wordless comedy about confusion in an age of high technology.
“M. Hulot’s Holiday” (1953)
Aug. 7: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Monsieur Hulot takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another.
Aug. 8: 9 p.m., Parking Lot 3
The bumbling Monsieur Hulot takes to Paris’s highways and byways.
“Mon Oncle” (1958)
Aug. 9: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Slapstick prevails again when Monsieur Hulot is set loose in Villa Arpel, where he gets a job at an antiseptic plastic hose factory.