Mr. Hulot's Holiday

Jacques Tati's 1953 comedy screens as a fundraiser for the GI. The film became an international hit and Tati an unlikely star for his innovative stylistic armature of gags in long shot, sharply delineated sound design, and sidewalk-café observational pacing. Tati has an affectionately zoological eye for the inn dwellers and beachgoers of a beachside resort: chattering clutches of card players ruffled by open-door drafts, a grump chucking aside every seashell his wife hands him, Hulot himself helplessly drawn to rescue a droopy ball of taffy. Visual puns (birdsong played over tennis players behind cage-like fences, a tire mistaken for a funeral wreath) encourage the viewer to play along. Doors open an hour before each show for socializing, and your ticket includes one drink. (NR) NICOLAS RAPOLD

Sat., Sept. 15, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2012

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