Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.
Playtime is a 1967 comedy film directed by Jacques Tati. In Playtime, Tati again plays Monsieur Hulot, the popular character who appeared in his earlier films Mon Oncle and Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot. By 1964, Tati had grown ambivalent towards playing Hulot as a recurring central role; he appears intermittently in Playtime, alternating between central and supporting roles.
Playtime was made from 1964 through 1967. Shot in 70 mm, the work is notable for its enormous set, which Tati had built specially for the film, as well as Tati's trademark use of subtle yet complex visual comedy supported by creative sound effects; dialogue is frequently reduced to the level of background noise.
Playtime is considered Tati's masterpiece, as well as his most daring work. In 2012, Playtime was 43rd in the British Film Institute's critics' list and 37th in their directors' list of "Top 100 Greatest Films of All Time." The film was judged a financial failure at the time of its release.
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