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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.

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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Play Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Joinville, Haute-Marne, France

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 (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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 »

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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Strong warning about this masterpiece
29 July 2001 | by RoemerSee all my reviews

Don't see this film on TV. This film was shot on 70 mm and you should see it in the cinema on a LARGE screen. I've seen the film in the cinema first, it was brilliant. Later I saw it on TV, it was mediocre the most. Then I saw it in the cinema again, and again it was brilliant. Why? The quality of this film is in the small details. In some scenes, you just don't know where to look because so much is happening at once. On TV, all these details get lost. DVD won't help! A TV just has way too few pixels! This film relies not on story (there hardly is one), but on inventive and imaginative images. Watch the 70 mm version in the cinema, and enjoy the biggest film this genius ever made, with sometimes subtle, sometime hilarious humor!!!


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