Directed by Jacques Tati
most brilliant film. A bracing reminder
that films can achieve the status of art. Gloriously funny." (Vincent Canby, New
York Times) With a gift for slapstick reminiscent of Chaplin and Keaton - and a
sense of lunacy that makes the Marx Brothers seem tame - Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot's
Holiday, Mon Oncle) offers this outrageous depiction of modern life. A symphony
of sight and sound gags, Playtime follows Mr. Hulot, Tati's lovable alter ego, on
his way to a business appointment that he will never keep.
Continually derailed by misleading signs and
high-tech gadgets, Hulot's path crosses hilariously with tourists searching in vain for
old Paris. Charming vignettes lead to a riotous final sequence, in
which a new restaurant collapses under the weight of its own technology. Throughout the film, a sea of steel and glass threatens to swallow all humanity,
but Hulot's gentle heart remains undisturbed. Digitally remastered and
letterboxed. French with English subtitles. 120 minutes.