PlayTime

PlayTime

Directed by Jacques Tati • 1967 • France

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.

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  • PlayTime

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1967 • France

    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 t...

Extras

  • Terry Jones

    This introduction to PLAYTIME by actor and comedian Terry Jones was recorded in 2001.

  • Tempo International: Tativille

    In this 1967 episode of the British television program “Tempo International,” filmmaker Mike Hodges interviews director Jacques Tati on the set of PLAYTIME.

  • Beyond PLAYTIME

    This short documentary from 2002, written by Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet and featuring rare archival footage, explores the genesis of the director’s hugely ambitious production.

  • Like Home

    In this 2013 visual essay, Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet explores the director’s stylistic choices in PLAYTIME.

  • Paul Feig on PLAYTIME

  • Sylvette Baudrot on PLAYTIME

    Sylvette Baudrot has been a script supervisor for more than five decades and worked with director Jacques Tati on three of his films. In this 2006 interview, she recalls collaborating on PLAYTIME.

  • Jacques Tati at the 1972 San Francisco Film Festival

    In 1972, PLAYTIME made its U.S. debut at the San Francisco Film Festival. Director Jacques Tati attended the event and participated in a discussion about the film, moderated by program director Albert Johnson. The following are audio excerpts from that conversation.

  • Selected-Scene Commentaries: Stéphane Goudet

    This selected-scene commentary, recorded for Les Films de Mon Oncle in 2013, features Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet.

  • Selected-Scene Commentaries: Jérôme Deschamps

    The following selected-scene commentary, recorded for Les Films de Mon Oncle in 2013, features theater director Jérôme Deschamps.