Tuesday, June 14, 2005

m. hulot's holiday (tati, 1953)

In the first Hulot film, it's Hulot's car that represents the germ of modernization, that would begin to encroach upon the Old World in Mon Oncle and exist to be conquered in Playtime. At the same time, his car is the opposite of modern, it's even more prehistoric than Eugene's contraption in The Magnificent Ambersons.

The slow-motion here is used sparingly, but it's great. The shot behind Martine, when she first looks out over the beach, has a quality that Scorsese successfully duplicated (in his own way) when introducing Vickie - splashing her legs in the water - in Raging Bull.

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