Critic Consensus: 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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as Young Tourist
as Shopper in Department Store
as Monsieur Hulot
as An Important Gentleman
as Mr. Schultz's Companion
as Mons. Luce's Secretary
as Hat Check Girl
as The Guide
as Her Friend
as Two Women at the Lamp
as Two Women at the Lamp
as Woman Selling Eyeglasses
as Reinhart Kolldehoff
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Critic Reviews for Playtime
Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Playtime
Not only one of the most famous French films of all time, but also a definitive example of a film challenging its viewers to look beyond plot and character to discover its meaning. Utilizing 70mm to its full advantage, and truly clever sound design help propel Tati's masterpiece to "must see" status. You'll be hard pressed to find a better satirical statement on the effects of an impersonal, technologically advanced, but ultimately culturally bankrupt and dehumanized society. A perfect message for the times we live in.
This Film is from the Criterion Collection and like most movies from that collection they can be somewhat strange and this one is. Its supposed to be a comedy but I really didn't see much comical about this one. 2 stars
Tati's epic "comedy" is truly a feast for the eyes. Full of delightful little moments and the occasional giggle, Playtime isn't so much a story as it is a world put up on screen. Like the cinematic lovechild of Altman, Chaplin and Jarmusch I must admit seeing this at home and alone is probably not the optimal viewing experience. Hence a mere 3 1/2 rating. I will seek to see this projected, in which case my rating is likely to go up dramatically.
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