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PlayTime

Jacques Tati

 
  • France, Italy
  • 1967
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English, German, French
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  • Spine #112

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the loveably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting testament to a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

Cast

Monsieur HulotJacques Tati
Young touristBarbara Dennek
Mr. Schultz’s companionRita Maïden
Woman selling eyeglasses France Rumilly
Shopper in department storeFrance Delahalle
M. Luce’s secretaryValérie Camille
Mme. GiffardErika Dentzler
SingerNicole Ray
Hat Check GirlYvette Ducreux
Mr. LacsJohn Abbey

Film Essays

The Dance of Playtime

By Jonathan RosenbaumAugust 18, 2009

I suppose it could be argued that I saw Playtime for the first time in ideal circumstances—as . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Playtime

By Kent JonesJune 03, 2001

After the success of Mon Oncle in 1958, Jacques Tati had become fed up with Monsieur Hulot, . . . Read more »

Video


Web Exclusives

Playtime: Things Fall Apart, Beautifully

By David CairnsDecember 02, 2010

Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1968) opens in a shiny space: nuns breeze past; a woman in a white . . . Read more »


News

Hand-Drawn Tati

April 27, 2010

French animator Sylvain Chomet, whose idiosyncratic, elegant, hand-drawn style and quirky . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Dance of Playtime

By Jonathan RosenbaumAugust 18, 2009

I suppose it could be argued that I saw Playtime for the first time in ideal circumstances—as . . . Read more »


Clippings

TATI’S RIGHT-HAND MAN

June 10, 2009

There’s a cornucopia for Tati fans over at Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell’s blog, . . . Read more »


On Five

APRIL IN TATIVILLE

By Alexandre MabilonApril 22, 2009

Some of you might have seen the news item on our website regarding the Jacques Tati “ . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Playtime

By Kent JonesJune 03, 2001

After the success of Mon Oncle in 1958, Jacques Tati had become fed up with Monsieur Hulot, . . . Read more »