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Playtime (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 June 1973 (USA)
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.

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Barbara Dennek ...
Young Tourist
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Mr. Schultz's Companion (as Rita Maïden)
France Rumilly ...
Woman Selling Eyeglasses
France Delahalle ...
Shopper in Department Store
Valérie Camille ...
Mr. Lacs's Secretary
Erika Dentzler ...
Mme. Giffard
Nicole Ray ...
Singer
Yvette Ducreux ...
Hat Check Girl
Nathalie Jem
Jacqueline Lecomte ...
Young Tourist's Friend
Oliva Poli
Alice Field
Sophie Wennek
Evy Cavallaro
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Storyline

Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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(with intermission and exit music) | (2002 restored)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)| (70 mm prints) (restored version)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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The escalator handrails aren't moving in the fist department store scene. You can see the actors skimming their hands along, pretending it's moving when you can see by reflections of its surface, it is indeed not. See more »

Crazy Credits

The title isn't shown until the end of the opening credits. Additionally, there are no end credits. The final shot simply fades out and there is about a minute of exit music. See more »

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A humorous look at the 'international' architecture movement
18 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Others have commented about Tati's artistry and his sense of humour. I won't add to that.

One thing that many seem to miss is the physical setting for virtually the entire film, which is in and around international-style architecture. Tati continually pokes fun at it, demonstrating how inhumane much of it is in practice. Although idealistic and pure in some sense and appreciated for that (consider Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan), it is often better looked at or visited than lived in.

From one viewpoint, the entire film can be seen as a criticism of that architectural school. It may be the only film that concentrates its energy on architectual criticism.


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