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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 feast for the eyes, mind and heart! 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

Ranked number 33 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Kehraus (1983) See more »

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Stunning!
13 February 2000 | by neotek-2See all my reviews

This is the right movie for anyone who is tired of "modern" comedies. Aside from its stunning visuals and extremely clever use of sound effects (the film has nearly no dialogue), its humour is highly intelligent, not always obvious, and i must say that i was delighted to see a film that did not try to be funny all the time. This is to say, most other comedies put gag after gag after gag, but to do so they usually stretch one gag for too long. Playtime (and nearly all other works by Tati, which are all must-sees), on the other hand, has long sequences with no reason to laugh, and then it hits the audience with a gag (or, in this film`s case, rather an anecdote) - which is only a few seconds long. So its not for fans of Austin Powers or Dumb & Dumber, but nonetheless very, very funny. 9/10


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