Playtime (Play Time)
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Arriving nearly a decade after Mon Oncle, Playtime continues the adventures of M. Hulot. More than a decade seems to have passed since its predecessor, however. The colorful Paris of Mon Oncle, last seen being slowly chipped away by progress, has now vanished almost entirely. Playtime takes as its setting an ultra-modern Paris where familiar landmarks appear only as fleeting reflections in the new buildings of glass and steel. Alternating between Hulot and a group of American tourists, Tati exploits the chaos just below the overly ordered surface of this brave new world. Again moving from one… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic takes to the 70mm process with an extraordinary impressionistic outdoor set of a new Paris, and is an observant romp during a one-day stay of a group of tourists."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This jewel of Tati's career is a hallucinatory comic vision on the verge of abstraction."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This film delivers exactly what its title promises. It's a panoramic frenzy of elaborate sights and sound design."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Utterly unconventional and strikingly unique; it begs not to be watched in the same manner as a conventional narrative film. Like a great painting, it is meant to be savored, pored over, observed from different angles and revisited in time. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A film comedy directed with the grace of a ballet, the painstaking detail of an action painting and the affection of a love song..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"For this remarkable 1967 comedy about man and his modern world, Jacques Tati attempted nothing less than a complete reworking of the conventional notions of montage and, amazingly, he succeeded."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Tati is constantly fiddling with his images, constructing sets and placing his camera in exactly the right place to execute a visual transformation of space."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"An extraordinary combination of observational comedy and technical virtuosity."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"Comedy has rarely been so intricate, incisive and inspired."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"My all-time favorite movie, this 1967 French comedy by actor-director Jacques Tati almost certainly has the most intricately designed mise en scene in all of cinema."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"With Playtime's monumental decor and complex choreographed gags taking place simultaneously in a constantly mutating space, Tati explored the possibilities of 70mm as they had never been utilized before."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"Sure, Tati's script may have been small, but there's such depth of content in each setup."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Comic choreography, nimble filmmaking and trenchant jokes. A masterpiece."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"One of cinema's truly unique visions... animated with a new kind of screen life."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
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