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Playtime -- Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of technology reached their peak with PlayTime. For this epic achievement, Tati again thrust the loveably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot into a modern world. With every inch of its frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a testament to a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.


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Jacques Tati
Art Buchwald (additional English dialogue)
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Release Date:
27 June 1973 (USA) See more »
Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jacques Tati ... Monsieur Hulot
Barbara Dennek ... Young Tourist
Rita Maiden ... 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
Laure Paillette ... 1st Woman at the Lamp
Colette Proust ... 2nd Woman at the Lamp
Luce Bonifassy
Ketty France
Eliane Firmin-Didot
Billy Kearns ... Mr. Schultz
Tony Andal ... Page Boy
Yves Barsacq ... Hulot's Friend
André Fouché ... Restaurant Manager
Georges Montant ... Mr. Giffard
Georges Faye ... Architect
John Abbey ... Mr. Lacs
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... German Businessman (as Reinhart Kolldehoff)
Michel Francini ... 1st Maitre D'
Grégoire Katz ... German Salesman
Jack Gauthier ... The Guide
Henri Piccoli ... An Important Gentleman
Léon Doyen ... Doorman
François Viaur ... Bit Part
Douglas Read
Bob Harley
Jacques Chauveau
Gilbert Reeb
Marc Monjou ... False Hulot
Billy Bourbon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Bouchez ... Bit Part (uncredited)
James Campbell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Marie-Pierre Casey ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tati 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Art Buchwald  additional English dialogue
Jacques Lagrange 
Jacques Tati 

Produced by
Bernard Maurice .... producer
René Silvera .... associate producer (as René Silvéra)
Original Music by
Francis Lemarque 
Cinematography by
Jean Badal (director of photography)
Andréas Winding (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gérard Pollicand 
Production Design by
Eugène Roman 
Costume Design by
Jacques Cottin 
Makeup Department
Serge Groffe .... makeup artist
Igor Keldich .... makeup artist
Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michel Chauvin .... production manager
Pierre Da Silva .... executive in charge of production (restored version)
Dominique Welinski .... executive in charge of production (restored version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akira Endo .... assistant director
Jean Lefebvre .... assistant director
Henri Marquet .... assistant director
Nicolas Ribowski .... assistant director (as Nicolas Ribowsky)
Marie-France Siegler .... assistant director
Norbert Terry .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Henri Berger .... props
Jacques Brizzio .... assistant decorator
Jacques D'Ovidio .... assistant decorator (as Jacques d'Ovidio)
Henri Ganser .... prop buyer (as Henri Gansser)
Georges Houssaye .... prop buyer
Guy Maugin .... prop buyer
Théobald Meurisse .... assistant decorator (as Théo Meurisse)
Robert Moussard .... prop buyer
Jacques Paris .... assistant decorator
André Pierdel .... props
Jacques Preisach .... props
Maurice Sergent .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Danièle James .... assistant post-synchronization
Maurice Laumain .... sound editor
Camille Laurenti-Ede .... sound editor (restored version) (as Camille Laurenti)
Jean-Paul Loublier .... sound mixer (restored version)
Jacques Maumont .... sound director
Gilbert Pereira .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gilles Gaillard .... digital grading supervisor (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Louis Castelli .... still photographer (as J.L. Castelli)
André Dino .... still photographer
F. Doszpoly .... assistant camera
Georges Ferrière .... gaffer
Marcel Franchi .... camera operator
J. Monseigny .... assistant camera
André Morain .... still photographer
Paul Rodier .... camera operator
René Schneider .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jean-François Gallaud .... assistant editor (as J.F. Gallaud)
Denise Giton .... assistant editor
Claude Plouganou .... synchronization
Sophie Tatischeff .... assistant editor
Music Department
James Campbell .... composer: African themes
François Rauber .... conductor
François Rauber .... music arranger
Dave Stein .... composer: song "Take My Hand"
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script girl
Marie-Thérèse Cabon .... script girl
Lucile Costa .... script girl
Jérôme Deschamps .... presenter (restored version)
Véronique Failliot .... laboratory: 70 mm film (restored version)
Marc Goldstaub .... location manager
Macha Makeïeff .... presenter (restored version) (as Macha Makeieff)
Noel Mouton .... location manager (as Noëlle Mouton)
Jacques Serres .... location manager
Bernard Grenet .... production assistant (uncredited)
Florence Abiven .... special thanks: SIS (restored version)
Jean Badal .... special thanks (restored version)
Stéphane Barlier .... special thanks: SIS (restored version)
Sabine Bauchart .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Thierry Beaumel .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Tarik Belardi .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Xavier Brachet .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Pascal Buron .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Hervé Bénard .... special thanks: SIS (restored version) (as Hervé Benard)
Fernando Caetano .... special thanks: Deschamps (restored version)
Jean-Babtiste Carcopino .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Valérie Coudin .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Yvon Crenn .... special thanks (restored version)
Juliette Deschamps .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Louise Deschamps .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Fabrice Faivre .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Jean Gaillard .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Stefan Gaillot .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Claude Gomis .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Élise Graux .... special thanks: SIS (restored version) (as Elise Graux)
Frédéric Groetschel .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Isabelle Hermann .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Jérôme Javelle .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Isabelle Julien .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Philippe Le Forestier .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Christophe Lelone .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Solen Lembrez .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Samantha Leroy .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Alexis Leverve .... special thanks: SIS (restored version)
Sophie Lustière .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Valérie Lévy .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Sébastien Massot .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Sabrina Mathoux .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Pascal Medieu .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Pierre Michel .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Stéphanie Pacart .... special thanks: Deschamps et Deschamps (restored version)
Daniel Pereira .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Stéphane Pivron .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Annette Poelhman .... special thanks (restored version)
Guillaume Pondard .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Luc Pourrinet .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Maurice Prost .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
César Roulin .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Laurent Rusz .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Christine Szymkowiak .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Sophie Tatischeff .... special thanks (restored version)
Stéphane Texier .... special thanks: Arane Gulliver (restored version)
Caroline Vanhove .... special thanks: Mikros (restored version)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
France:155 min (with intermission and exit music) | 124 min (2002 restored version) | Sweden:115 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | DTS 70 mm (70 mm prints) (restored version) | Mono (35 mm prints)

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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
In the tradition of silent comedy, 2 September 2004
Author: diversitycommittee from Chicago

This is the first Tati film I've seen, but I've heard quite a lot about him. I saw the 70mm reprint with high expectations and was not disappointed.

This is a movie that leads the viewer where it feels like going. It has it's own rhythm and path. Just as circumstance beyond Mr. Hulot's control takes him wherever he may go, the camera seems to follow the same kind of path. The viewer doesn't know where it's going, and the viewer doesn't know where exactly it wants to go. The great thing about this movie is that it doesn't follow Mr. Hulot exclusively. The camera behaves the same way without needing to follow Mr. Hulot. He moves where he goes, the tour group moves where they go, and the camera moves where it may go. The world around them and the viewer dicates it in the most unconscious kind of way.

The first part of the movie is a satire on the inhuman world we've built around us. Mr. Hulot tries to navigate it, but the world won't sit still. Everything moves around without him and he can't find anything. Just like he is moved around, so is the object of his desire, whatever it may be at the moment. But Mr. Hulot doesn't mind, he goes along with it and enjoys it all the way, just like the viewer.

In another Tati movie, Mr. Hulot's Vacation, there is a scene where he's resting on a beach, and his drink floats away with a wave and floats back just as he reaches for it. That's how this movie is. Everything might not exactly go as people hope or plan, but it goes it's own way. Not everything goes as planned, but Mr. Hulot accepts it and so does the viewer. Rather than fight the world around him and force it to do what it wants, he takes joy in looking around and enjoying the ride, and what makes the movie so great is that so does the viewer. You might not know where things are going, but they do what they will and you enjoy watching things unfold.

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