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PlayTime

Jacques Tati

 
  • France, Italy
  • 1967
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • 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 lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

Cast

Monsieur HulotJacques Tati
Young touristBarbara Dennek
Monsieur GiffardGeorges Montant
Woman selling eyeglasses France Rumilly
German businessmanReinhart Kolldehoff
Restaurant managerAndré Fouché
Mr. SchultzBilly Kearns
Hulot’s friendYves Barsacq
SingerNicole Ray

Credits

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by actor and comedian Terry Jones
  • Three selected-scene commentaries, by film historian Philip Kemp, theater director Jérôme Deschamps, and Jacques Tati expert Stéphane Goudet
  • Like Home, a 2013 visual essay on PlayTime by Goudet
  • “Tativille,” a 1967 episode of the British television program Tempo International, featuring an interview with Tati from the set of PlayTime
  • Beyond “PlayTime,” a short 2002 documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the production
  • Interview from 2006 with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot
  • Audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of PlayTime at the 1972 San Francisco Film Festival
  • Alternate English-language soundtrack
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin RossOctober 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

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Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

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Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . 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 »


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 »

Film Essays

Traficlot_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin RossOctober 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

126_053_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

130_053_t_thumbnail

Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Jacques Tati

By Peter CowieOctober 23, 2014

The author recalls meeting the filmmaker in a Swedish hotel in the ’70s. 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 »