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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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
"Jacques Tati's Playtime is an astringent antidote to Paris movies that are as sickly as macaroons and stuffed with views of the Eiffel Tower by night."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"PlayTime is a work of unparalleled genius."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This film delivers exactly what its title promises. It's a panoramic frenzy of elaborate sights and sound design."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"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
"Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It took Jacques Tati close to ten years to realise his greatest achievement, but it left him virtually broke. No wonder."
‑ Ronald Bergan, Radio Times
"For all the overweening ambition there's an intimate charm about it ..."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"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
"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
"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
"For my money Playtime is the greatest film ever made."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Playtime...is...a minor entry in 1960s international cinema, and yet it's also one of the era's great films,"
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
"Sure, Tati's script may have been small, but there's such depth of content in each setup."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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