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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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Director:
Writers:
Jacques Tati
Art Buchwald (additional English dialogue)
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Release Date:
27 June 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Monsieur Hulot's transition into the modern world See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
France:155 min (with intermission and exit music) | 124 min (2002 restored version) | Sweden:115 min
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Color:
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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Trivia:
Production took place from October 1964 to October 1967. Filming began in April 1965 primarily on a set dubbed "Tativille", where 100 construction workers built two buildings using 11,700 square feet of glass, 38,700 square feet of plastic, 31,500 square feet of timber, and 486,000 square feet of concrete.See more »
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59 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Monsieur Hulot's transition into the modern world, 7 January 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

The issue of viewing a film in the right format has seldom been more pressing than with this film. Although I've only seen it on DVD, it shows immediately that it's best seen in the original 70mm format on the biggest screen possible, because of the numerous subtle sight gags on screen, that go largely unnoticed when watching it on a regular TV-set. A treatment equally essential for films like "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "Lawrence of Arabia". Unless living in London, Paris, New York, or a few other places, chances of seeing this in the proper way in the foreseeable future are slim for most of us, so one has to cope with whatever is available.

At the time, "Play Time" was the most expensive French film ever made. Tati built an enormous set outside Paris, that included an airline terminal, city streets, high rise buildings and traffic circles, that was soon dubbed "Tativille". Three years in the making, experiencing numerous setbacks and financial difficulties and combined with Tati's perfectionist way of filming, the project could only have been saved - financially that is - if the film was an enormous success. It wasn't and "Play Time" bankrupted Tati, forcing him to sell the rights of all his films for little more than a fee.

Tati shot the entire film in medium-long and long shots, not one close-up. The result is a bewildering pastiche of people on their daily do-abouts in modern Paris (the old Paris, like the Eiffel Tower, is only seen through reflections in the glass facades) amidst flickering neon signs, voices through intercoms, buzzers, and through all this, Monsieur Hulot tries to find his way while stumbling across the urban frenzy surrounding him. The film is virtually dialog-free, and mainly serves as background noise. When watching a film by Tati, you expect Monsieur Hulot. Well, he is present in almost every frame, but he is nothing close to a real character, which is probably one of the reasons audiences didn't connect with the film. On an another level, the sight and sound gags abound. It's not particularly funny in a laugh-out-loud sense, but each viewing seems to reveal a new unseen joke or small detail, a funny sign or a person in the background, not seen before. Most of the gags only work because they are part of a carefully orchestrated ensemble. At the core, the kind of humor is the same as in "Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot" or "Mon Oncle", but here, the jokes are more subtle. It's an enormous canvas where there's so much going on, it's fascinating to look at, but can be a bit tiring after a while. However, the long party scene at the restaurant, when the crowds befall in a collective euphoria, is priceless.

I think for most people, it's all a little too much upon first viewing and in many ways it remains a bit of a folly, a director gone mad in making a film no audience was ripe for at the time, and perhaps never will be. Assesing this film by some of the more conventional qualities one can look for in a film is not a very useful approach in case of this film. Tati certainly made something completely unique. If anything, a work of art that poses more than a few challenges.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10

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