This week's Lost in Criterion finishes off out string of Jacques Tati's Hulot films with PlayTime from 1967. This one finds Hulot let loose in the monotony of modernity as he attempts to navigate a Paris completely devoid of anything noticeably Parisian, culminating in the greatest comedy scene to take place in a restaurant in history. Objectively. I'll stand by that.
Writer/director/actor Jacques Tati's M. Hulot character exists in the continuum between Keaton and Mr. Bean. Stephen Fry essentially plays him in Gosford Park. Wes Anderson directed a Japanese commercial starring Brad Pitt as Hulot. The point is, he's endearing and enduring and wonderful.
This week we watch the first of three films in a row featuring the character, and they just keep getting better and better. Up first is the debut: 1953's M. Hulot's Holiday.
Have a listen.