Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime, a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.
What a mess. What a beautiful fucking mess. Chaos and adventure reign. Nothing like a film that completely seduces you after a string of previous films failings that do naught to jolly your rodgers. I did not expect this magnetism. I did not lace my boots or put my tray table up in time. This is my first Jacques Tati film, poppin' cherries all over the place. With this ambitious paragon of hypnotism he goes straight to the top of the director to-do list. It is very sad to read of the debt and trials that he had to go through to get this made, and had to continue through for a decade after. I for one welcome our new…
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Now this is beyond what I expected after Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot - A cinematic marvel to be adored and respected and quite simply, a work of astounding genius. I think I really needed this extra level of Tati to really appreciate his art, and with it's colour presentation aiding me to escape my desire to compare him with the masters of the silent era. Filmed over 3 years, this ambitious vision of a world where modernity and technology obscures mans interaction with each other and everything is transparently artificial, Monsieur Hulot tries to navigate a Paris of steel lines and glass panes to share his heart with someone, anyone. From one ingeniously staged episode to…
I was shaving my legs while watching this film but it was such a fucking good movie that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen and now my legs still aren't shaved. I'm going to have a tough time making friends at the beach.
For whatever reason, Playtime was in the same company for me as Sansho the Bailiff, The Earrings of Madame De..., and Persona as highly acclaimed films that carry with them a presence and intimidation. In hindsight, why a Tati film would come off as daunting sounds pretty ridiculous.
I had heard over the years it's use of architecture and setpieces as a main focal point, and that surely was the case. The entire screen was used to full effect, and was absolutely gorgeous on blu-ray. It's set in modern Paris, constructed from scratch, with plenty of steel, glass, and other symbols of alienation. The film wasn't so much about Tati's Monsieur Hulot as the camera is constantly viewing the landscapes…
Playtime is like a Richard Scarry or Where's Wally? book in very elegant, moving form.
There is so much to take in, there are so many tiny events in every scene, that I don't for a minute doubt the other reviewers here who say how spectacular this film is on this big screen.
But no matter whether you see it on a TV or in the cinema, there is no equivalent of being able to stare at a huge illustration for ten minutes until you've taken it all in - at least not without substantially spoiling the experience of this as a film by endless freeze-framing.
Its feeling of so much happening, of almost too much going on in front…
Jacques Tati's 'Playtime' is a visual treat for the eyes and one of the densest films I have ever seen. It will undoubtedly take multiple watches to take it all in but for a 2 hour film with no true narrative this is a delightful watch. While I rarely found the visual gags to be laugh-out-loud funny, 'Playtime' is consistently amusing and uplifting. The different visual tricks are often highly inventive and Tati's ambitious vision of a modernised Paris is commendable. Tati uses sound to focus our attention on particular events in each scene but you could easily scan the background to find more in his film. Each scene is densely packed full of small visual treats.
The longer the…
“Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film. Perhaps you should see it as a preparation for seeing it; the first time won’t quite work. The best way to see it is on 70mm, but that takes some doing (although a print is currently in circulation in North America). The Criterion DVD is crisp anddetailed, and includes an introduction by Terry Jones, who talks about how the commercial failure of the film bankrupted Tati (1909–82) and cost him the ownership of his home, his business, and all of his earlier films. Was Tati reckless to risk everything on such a delicate, whimsical work? Reckless for you, reckless for me, not reckless for a dreamer.” – Roger Ebert
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Directors Project: Jacque Tati
My second Tati film and I think I'm going to admit he's just not for me.
Of course, I find myself blown away by the production design, the art direction, the cinematography, the sound design, etc. How can you not? The constructed city scape and office building sets created for this film are a complete technical marvel, all perfectly geometric glass and shining metal.
Unfortunately, Playtime ends up being a film I admired more than one I enjoyed. The complete lack of character and story is obviously intentional, but without anything of that nature to latch onto the film is just an empty technical marvel to me (though, without a doubt, a technical marvel par excellence).…
Wow, man. I want to see this on the biggest screen imaginable. Tati's Playtime is a unique experience all its own, but I saw in it the DNA of Brazil, Koyaanisqatsi, Gattaca, and a whole bunch of other films that seem to use the visual style and overall thematic impact of this strange, rambunctious, and ambitious masterpiece.
The world in Playtime is ultra-modern Paris, a city that is presented as orderly and composed of varying shades of silver and grey. Some people glide through and fit in, and others seem to amble through the hustle and bustle, seemingly at odds the highly mechanized environment that aims to streamline the messiness of organic life. The central figure emerges as Hulot (played…
Thumbs Up: The sheer scope of this film, not to mention its originality of vision, are mind-blowing. The "Tativille" set - shot in glorious 70mm - is awesome and the number of great little moments is countless (my absolute favourite has got to be the doorman miming a fake door after the real one smashes), plus I love the way it's all tied together as light-hearted critique of modern life. Truly a unique cinema experience.
Thumbs Down: Parts of the restaurant sequence run a little long, especially because Hulot and Barbara aren't actually present for a large section of it.
Not a story, nor is there much of a main character (at least in the traditional way of developing one), but a beautiful slice of life with some hilarious, subtle visual puns.
After my 12 year old sister begged me for weeks to finish "those weird French movies" I finally gave in. I like this more than Holiday and Mon Oncle, but still not quite as much as Jour de Fete.
I'm really happy that I've seen Playtime, it is quite amazing for a 1960s film and I believe still is today.
Jacques Tati's Playtime, is a film with a ridiculously funny narrative, set in a time of extreme modernism in order to take the piss out of it. This film is hilarious, whether this be through overcomplicated intercoms or the overuse of glass in buildings, I particularly love the scene/s where Monsieur Hulot visits a very recently built (sort of) hotel.
The way the story has been told is interesting in this film, with the camera work being composed almost entirely of long shots, meaning we vaguely follow Hulot but we are almost always distracted by something else going on…
wonderful film, one of my favorites. not particularly horny; or, rather, horny in a modern way!
What is there to say about Playtime that hasn't already been said? What do you get the movie who has everything?
Playtime is the bees knees. If Chaplin's Little Tramp is a reflection of humanity, then Jacques Tati seemed more interested in cracking that reflection into hundreds of tiny little pieces, and then handing them out to his huge cast of characters. Tati's like the one rich family's house on halloween with the full-size candy bars.
This movie, in actuality, is 10+ hours long. Among the most epic films ever made. How might such a feat be possible, given the film's runtime is officially listed at just under 2 measly hours?
Well, you edited the film. You tell me.
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