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Playtime (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 June 1973 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jacques Tati

Writers:

Jacques Tati (original screenplay), Jacques Lagrange (collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Dennek Barbara Dennek ... Barbara, Young Tourist
Jacques Tati ... Monsieur Hulot
Rita Maiden ... Mr. Schultz's Companion (as Rita Maïden)
France Rumilly France Rumilly ... Woman Selling Eyeglasses
France Delahalle France Delahalle ... Shopper in Department Store
Valérie Camille Valérie Camille ... Mr. Lacs's Secretary
Erika Dentzler Erika Dentzler ... Mme. Giffard
Nicole Ray Nicole Ray ... Singer
Yvette Ducreux Yvette Ducreux ... Hat Check Girl
Nathalie Jem Nathalie Jem
Jacqueline Lecomte Jacqueline Lecomte ... Young Tourist's Friend
Oliva Poli Oliva Poli
Alice Field
Sophie Wennek Sophie Wennek
Evy Cavallaro 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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A wonderful playtime where you will discover the funny side of life's every moment. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Jacques Tati observed, perhaps correctly, that the cost of building the set was no greater than what it would have cost to have hired Elizabeth Taylor or Sophia Loren for the leading role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Barbara, Young Tourist: How do you say "drugstore" in French?
Monsieur Hulot: Drugstore.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

For international markets Jacques Tati created a second soundtrack where some of the French lines were dubbed in English. See more »

Connections

Followed by Trafic (1971) See more »

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Greatest film ever?
7 January 2001 | by Zach CampbellSee all my reviews

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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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Joinville, Haute-Marne, France

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$521,990
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Specta Films, Jolly Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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