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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.

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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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Comedy

Certificate:

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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

The elaborate set of Tativille had its own roads, electrical systems and - in one of the office buildings - a fully working elevator. See more »

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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 »

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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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Peace in our time: the past and the future embrace
9 January 2003 | by stefan-144See all my reviews

Where 'Mon oncle' was Tati's initial statement on the modern and its collision with the old, here in 'Playtime' he reaches his conclusion. They can unite - there is beauty in the new, as well. Yes, what is new and alienating now, will soon be the old familiar tradition. Everything changes, but the spirit of things remain.

This he manages to show in a series of beautiful scenes, brilliant observations, in a Paris which has been rebuilt to the extent, where the old Frenchman doesn't find his way around it, anymore, and the Eiffel tower can only be found in reflections on shiny glass or steel surfaces of modern buildings.

This is a film language all of its own, and driven to a razor sharp perfection. Through Tati's eyes, we can see exactly what he both worries about and marvels at, and of course we feel the same. The love he does in all his movies show for people, no matter how silly they might be, he also shows the city itself, and its megalomaniac constructions. It's all crazy, he tells us, but isn't it great fun, too? Yes, Jacques, it is, indeed.


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