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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Dennek ... Barbara, Young Tourist
... Monsieur Hulot
... 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
Sophie Wennek
Evy Cavallaro
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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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(with intermission and exit music) | (2002 restored)

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Trivia

Budget overruns forced Jacques Tati to take out large loans and personal overdrafts to cover ever-increasing production costs. 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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Greatest film ever?
7 January 2001 | by See 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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