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Playtime

Jacques Tati

 
Playtime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • 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 the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age 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

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on Blu-ray edition
  • Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones
  • Selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp
  • Au-delà de “Playtime,” a short documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the production
  • Tati Story, a short biographical film
  • “Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot’s Work,” a 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati
  • Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival (Courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives)
  • Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot
  • Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati
  • Alternate international soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

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 »