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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 (original screenplay)
Jacques Lagrange (collaboration)
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Release Date:
27 June 1973 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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
Jacques Tati (original screenplay)

Jacques Lagrange (collaboration)

Art Buchwald (additional English dialogue)

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 .... chief electrician
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
Location Management
Marc Goldstaub .... location manager
Noel Mouton .... location manager (as Noëlle Mouton)
Jacques Serres .... location manager
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)
Macha Makeïeff .... presenter (restored version) (as Macha Makeieff)
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)

Did You Know?

One reason for the film's commercial failure may have been Jacques Tati's insistence that the film be limited to those theatres equipped with 70 mm projectors and stereophonic sound (he refused to provide a 35 mm version for smaller theatres). For another, audiences worldwide had come to love Tati's films for the character of M. Hulot; his reduction to an intermittent, occasionally supporting role in the new Tati film came as a disappointment to many (Tati himself lampooned the phenomenon in an early scene when a rain-coated pedestrian whose back is turned to the audience is mistakenly hailed as Hulot). Others disliked its nearly plotless story line, while those who only saw a single showing frequently missed the intricate, sometimes simultaneous comic sight gags performed in the various group scenes. A final reason for the film's poor reception may have been its release date; while the film's satire of modern life may have been cutting-edge when first conceptualized in 1959, by the end of 1967 such themes were old-hat to film audiences.See more »
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Referenced in Playtime Story (2003) (TV)See more »


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39 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Greatest film ever?, 7 January 2001
Author: Zach Campbell ( from Burke, Virginia, USA

The only other movie I know that is as profound and beautiful and challenging as this is Tarkovsky's "Stalker." But "Playtime" may prove to be a better, more accessible example of what films can do. Tati so radically deconstructs space and depth within a film that it is almost unrecognisable: Spielberg doesn't have this level of craftsmanship, and not even Kubrick ever did. Virtually dialogue-free and spryly paced, "Playtime" works on nearly any possible level.

It can be seen as simply a superficial comedy, and as that, it succeeds because it is, well, very funny. (Modern technology is the golden cow that Tati playfully cuts down to size.) On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, is a work that stands the art of film on its head, commenting wryly on the nature of human beings, culminating to a party in a restaurant that gets completely out of hand. It's so beautiful.

Words really don't do justice to this movie. One last thing: The big screen is the ideal medium to see this film; that's true of every film, but this one more than most others. Unfortunately, I haven't had this privelege, and if you don't either, rent it anyway. It's too good to be missed.

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