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A remarkable achievement, Playtime's packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.

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Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Richard Brody New Yorker Tati's despair is modulated by a sense of wonder. Mar 2, 2015 Full Review Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Kate Muir Times (UK) 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. Rated: 4/5 Nov 7, 2014 Full Review Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (3) David Jenkins Little White Lies For my money Playtime is the greatest film ever made. Rated: 5/5 Nov 6, 2014 Full Review Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Staying with the movie can be a bit of a challenge, and the humor is spread out and more subtle. But the craftsmanship behind this film can’t be questioned, and the sheer scope of the undertaking is incredible. Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Hannah Kinney-Kobre Pittsburgh City Paper Another genius movie that made the foibles of everyday existence into grand set pieces... May 9, 2022 Full Review Playtime | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review This kind of film exists on a level all its own. Rated: 4/4 Feb 14, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Npoom T Anthology of architects' humor!First of all I would love to say that I recommended this movie for anyone who want to get started to watch an abstract film. It's quite easy to followed up as if you have experienced some urbanist's problems and there's thin plot to follow. There's no main character or solid storyline plot, but you can viewing this as an anthology. The film was composed of two languages, French and English. I recommend for anyone whose not so fluent in French to watch the subtitled version.The film portrayed collections of modern sceneries where people are trying to "be different" by using something modern and popular. However in many scenes showed that the process of changing oneself could be compared to a factory chai, where many raw composites got in at one end, and then comes out as uniform styles on the other end. The film was convincing the audience to see how humans be humans, in mechanical world. Somehow, we behave foolishly as we give up our own comprehension and thoughts for ideas of "renowned designers" without realize if it's match our inner personality or not, or if it's just non-useable social currency. (This is also the big problem that created post modernism, the movement where people questioning perfect modern life to the realistic life they would love to live) and I think this was the main reason many architects and designer praising and recommending this film for many students.I would like to give praise to the art directing teams of this movie for composed such lovely and in the same time can explain the ideas very clearly. All scene in the movie was well arranged with good cinematography and the setting was very minimal, so it can tell the main idea straight to the point. In some scene you'll see that the objects alone are not so important or getting focus at all but what was emphasized on the screen is awkward reaction and behavior of human towards those inventions. The film can express this idea in graceful way, even there was less speeches on the screen. I would say that this was a genuine talent on visual communication using limited visual production.I would complain on how movie narrates. For without the story plot, this movie have very dense direction and very easy to get lost in continuity. Although, some idea in the movie was exaggerated as to insult sarcastically to any group of people. In one hand it was good to explaining an idea, but in the other hand, the communicating method might not be so amiable. So if you want to viewing this classic, you might feel a difference and challenging of your mindset during each act of a film, It's not too difficult but not so simple. For many audience that love narrative style, I would not recommend this film by previous opinion. (But also worth to try)For the overall, i would say that this movies was worth to its praise and honor as a good architectural classic. If you're student of any related field, you shouldn't missed and try to be open minded to got your best from this movie. This movie can change how you perceiving a word of design. Such Graceful 7.5/10Coconun, Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/23 Full Review Shioka O Spent pleasant time in Paris with Tati. Aesthetically satisfying, almost all footages are like a sophisticated graphic design. it's not about a plot, funny moments are carefully placed everywhere. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/19/22 Full Review Seb A A clever, relatable, and wholesome film filled with engrossing sets, brilliant sound design, and exciting characters. Playtime is a movie where you laugh along with the characters, as Jacques Tati and the writers provide an engaging, comedic, and above all, universally human plot. All in all, this is simply one of the best films ever made. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/16/22 Full Review Audience Member Hard to figure what this almost plotless film was. First half in particular is an intentionally grey satire of modern life. Picked up pace in the restaurant in the second half of the film where the funniest capers ensue. Hulot the old dog has a fan in the hot American woman who prob should have a sleep and a shower before getting on her flight home. Too dull in places to recommend but it has its moments. Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review lukas a A visual poem. Jacques Tati creates a whole visual world that looks like a prophecy for today. The glass walls as the lost privacy, the modern technology that, instead of making our life easier, makes it more complicated, the escapes from the prison of everyday life to distant places that all look the same (the three posters in the office). Everywhere you look in the film, you will find something interesting. It's like a kaleidoscope of a (supposedly) modern way of life. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member No son tiempos para jugar.Es una obra que acumula adverbios adjetivales. Es la mayor película de Tati, la más compleja, la mejor lograda y, a la vez, es la más difícil de ver.Rodada en 1967 este es el cuarto largometraje (quinto filme si se toma en cuenta su primer corto de 1947) de este gran artista que decidió filmarla en 70mm, un tamaño gigantesco de fotograma que podía apreciarse solamente en un puñado de salas que contaran con pantallas y proyectores acordes. Esta decisión estética (funesta desde el punto de vista financiero) buscaba resaltar hasta sus últimas consecuencias y hasta el más mínimo detalle las decenas de gags simultáneos que ocurren en una complejísima coreografía de protagonistas, extras, vehículos y gigantescos decorados construidos en acero y vidrio. Ningún ambiente utilizó locaciones exteriores, absolutamente todo se fabricó a escala en estudios. La multitud de vehículos —automóviles, autobuses, camiones, motocicletas, maquinaria vial— fueron movidos con una precisión milimétrica de relojero en ensayos que fueron tan extenuantes que resultó en la producción más cara en la historia del cine francés, y también en la ruina económica de su creador.La capacidad inigualable de Tati para mover personajes y objetos en primeros, segundos, terceros y últimos planos en la misma toma hace que "Playtime" sea, además de una obra maestra, una película abrumadora e inabarcable para ver una sola vez.Lo ideal sería saber francés para no perder atención en subtítulos, e igualmente la mayoría de las secuencias requieren rebobinar para ver una y otra vez la misma escena y así poder apreciar las sutilezas que se encadenan unas a otras en una sucesión interminable de causas y efectos. Sumándole el genial manejo del sonido con la amplificación de los ruidos ambientales, incluso de aquellos fuera de cuadro, debe reconocerse que hay momentos en que el espectador queda desconcertado y algo cansado.Por todo lo que antecede yo creo que es conveniente ver esta película luego de haber visto "Mon Oncle" y "Trafic". Y armarse además de paciencia y saber que será un visionado que requiere descansos, rebobinados y algo de reflexión.Lo moderno, la confusión y la ingenuidad. Eterno "leitmotiv" del señor Hulot la automatización de la vida moderna que le impide comprenderla, insertarse en ella e interactuar con el prójimo, aquí también se extiende al resto de los personajes. Todos ellos, desde los que esperan en el aeropuerto, los turistas que son acarreados para distintos hoteles o paseos de acuerdo a la letra de su apellido, hasta una increíble fauna de comensales y personal de servicio en la larguísima secuencia del restaurante de lujo que se inaugura sin haber terminado las obras de construcción del mismo, no encajan, no se acomodan, andan por el mundo como Monsieur Hulot —incluso hay tres o cuatro dobles de este personaje— tratando de encontrar su lugar en el mundo.Los turistas que visitan Paris ven los íconos famosos de la ciudad luz solamente en los reflejos de las vidrieras (torre Eiffel, Arco de Triunfo). Además en su deambular por las calles y los comercios están rodeados de afiches turísticos que promocionan otros lugares (Grecia, Italia, España) pero todos ellos tienen la misma fotografía: un edificio todo metal y cristales que, a su vez, está presente una y otra vez en frente mismo a ellos.Van todos como las ovejas en el rebaño y, por ejemplo, en una pista de baile con dimensiones para 6 o 7 parejas se ponen a bailar más de cincuenta personas. Una orquesta en vivo de jazz, interpretando un tema de ritmo africano, hace que el desenfreno de la danza de esa multitud debe verse repetidas veces no solo para volver a disfrutarla, sino también para descubrir infinidad de gags que son imperceptibles porque ocurren simultáneamente. Es prácticamente imposible imaginar cómo habrán sido los ensayos para mover a esa cantidad de extras con tanta precisión, con tanto garbo y con la desopilante consecuencia de esa enorme humorada.De entre muchas, se destaca una escena en la que un anciano portero debe lidiar con un gigantesco panel electrónico para anunciar a una oficina la llegada de un cliente. Que las instrucciones estén escritas en un idioma desconocido para este pobre hombre es un detalle final que hace que la secuencia se antológica.La secuencia final en un enorme carrusel (tiovivo) conformado por decenas de vehículos que dan vueltas alrededor de una especie de obelisco muestra algo así como una alegoría de que no todo está perdido: aparecen por primera vez los niños arrojando globos que dan un colorido final a una estupenda fotografía previa de tonos apagados, ocres y nocturnos.Capitalismo, burgueses y trabajadores. El tono general es una sutil pero, a la vez, feroz crítica al progreso y al "stablishment". Por un lado la descripción de productos de consumo masivo ridículos e inútiles. Sillas y sillones que vuelven a su estado original cuando uno se pone de pie, escobas con faroles que permiten iluminar debajo de una mesa cuando se está barriendo, puertas insonoras diseñadas para dar portazos silenciosos, etcétera.Los dueños de empresas, arquitectos, usuarios de gran poder económico que se visten todos iguales de punta en blanco para la ocasión, en la inauguración de un restaurante 5 tenedores que aún no terminó sus obras. Son quienes miran con desprecio al resto de los mortales, a los turistas de viajes económicos, a los borrachos callejeros y que tratan a sus empleados como perros.Pero, como siempre, son los laburantes quienes tienen el peso de hacer funcionar las cosas. Son los meseros quienes sirven y sientan a los comensales en sus mesas, los cocineros y barmans quienes proveen las comidas y las bebidas, e incluso los porteros que abren y cierran puertas de vidrio que ya no existen porque fueron destruidas por Hulot. Estos trabajadores no van a restaurantes de lujo, van a pequeños lugares de comida rápida y prefieren los sándwiches de pan francés, vino suelto y alguna cerveza en lata.En la debacle de la inauguración del restaurante queda bien claro que los grupos de turistas de paquetes económicos tienen horas distintas al resto para usar sus instalaciones, generalmente o muy temprano o tan tarde que ya uno no tiene ganas de comer. Cualquiera de nosotros que haya viajado en excursión sabe de todo esto.La arquitectura y la geometría. Sobre este tema hay profuso material escrito en Internet. En varias facultades de arquitectura (Brasil, Francia, Bélgica) se estudian los decorados y las construcciones de Play Time. En la producción de esta película hubo una estrecha colaboración de arquitectos con Tati para la construcción del set.Las líneas de fuga en los edificios, el diseño en un enorme complejo de oficinas dispuestas en cabinas que, aún cuando están contiguas, se comunican por teléfono para pasarse información que está archivada en la propia cabina desde la cual se piden los datos.Pisos relucientes (y muy ruidosos al transitarlos), enormes ventanales que permiten el uso de luz natural pero que a la vez carecen de intimidad porque desde las veredas puede verse todo lo que ocurre puertas adentro. No sólo en los edificios comerciales, también en los rascacielos que alojan los apartamentos donde vive la gente y cuya vida interior transcurre como detrás de grandes vidrieras.En fin, una joyita del séptimo arte sobre la cual se ha escrito mucho. Tal vez demasiado, incluyendo estas pobres líneas mías que bien podrían ser eliminadas.Se trata de un filme que merece la pena hacer el esfuerzo intelectual y de atención para disfrutarla. Estoy tentado de decir para espectadores inteligentes pero no lo hago porque eso sería menospreciar al prójimo...Cosa que nunca hizo Jacques Tati Rated 4.5/5 Stars • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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Jacques Tati Director Jacques Tati Monsieur Hulot Barbara Dennek Young Tourist Jacqueline Lecomte Young Tourist's Friend Valérie Camille Mr. Lac's Secretary France Rumilly Seller of Glasses
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Synopsis Clumsy Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist (Barbara Dennek), and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

Jacques Tati

Art Buchwald, Jacques Lagrange, Jacques Tati

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Production Co
Jolly Film, Specta Films


Original Language
French (Canada)

Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 27, 1973, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 23, 2017

1h 33m

Sound Mix
Magnetic Stereo 6 Track
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