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Arriving nearly a decade after Mon Oncle, Playtime continues the adventures of M. Hulot. More than a decade seems to have passed since its predecessor, however. The colorful Paris of Mon Oncle, last seen being slowly chipped away by progress, has now vanished almost entirely. Playtime takes as its setting an ultra-modern Paris where familiar landmarks appear only as fleeting reflections in the new buildings of glass and steel. Alternating between Hulot and a group of American tourists, Tati exploits the chaos just below the overly ordered surface of this brave new world. Again moving from one nearly wordless episode to another, Tati sends his alter ego off to make an appointment in a whirring, featureless office complex. He subsequently moves on to an exhibition of new inventions, meets an old friend at an aquarium-like apartment, wreaks havoc in a snooty new restaurant, and, again, almost falls in love. The most ambitious and technically complex of the Hulot films, it proved unprofitable and helped usher in the financial difficulties that would plague Tati late in life before later getting the recognition it enjoys today. ~ Keith Phipps

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
UPC: 0715515020022
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:04:00

Special Features

Disc One:; All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer; Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones; Selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp; Alternate international soundtrack; New and improved English subtitle translation; Disc Two:; Au-Delà De "Playtime," a short documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the production; Tati Story, a short biographical film abot Tati; "Lacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot's Work," a 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati; Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime, at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival; Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot; Cours Du Soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati; Plus a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Tati Monsieur Hulot
Barbara Dennek Young Tourist
Georges Montant Giffard
John Abbey Lacs
Henri Piccoli An Important Gentleman
René Kolldehoff Actor
Yves Barsacq Actor
Billy Kearns M. Schultz
Valerie Camille Mons. Luce's Secretary
France Delahalle Shopper in Department Store
Erika Dentzler Mme. Gifford
Leon Doyen Doorman
Yvette Ducreux Hat Check Girl
Jack Gauthier The Guide
Jacqueline Lecomte Her Friend
Rita Maiden Mr. Schultz's Companion
Laure Paillette Two Women at the Lamp
Colette Proust Two Women at the Lamp
Nicole Ray Singer
France Romilly Woman Selling Eyeglasses
Francois Viaur Reinhart Kolldehoff
Ketty France Actor
André Fouché Actor
Douglas Read Actor

Technical Credits
Jacques Tati Director,Screenwriter
Jean Badal Cinematographer
Art Buchwald Screenwriter
James B. Campbell Score Composer
Jacques Langrange Screenwriter
Francis Lemarque Score Composer
Gerard Pollicand Editor
Eugene Roman Production Designer
Rene Silvera Producer
David Stein Songwriter
Andréas Winding Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Playtime
1. Opening Titles [3:24]
2. Arrival From Frankfurt [3:28]
3. "I Feel at Home Everywhere I Go" [3:02]
4. Tour Bus [3:18]
5. "All These Electrical Thingamajigs!" [3:43]
6. The Waiting Room [4:46]
7. A Modern Maze [8:39]
8. Barbara Sees the Sights [2:59]
9. "Slam Your Doors in Golden Silence" [4:27]
10. Helpful Hulot [4:40]
11. Hulot or No? [5:37]
12. "Schneller, From the Army" [9:56]
13. Out on the Town [2:57]
14. Finishing Touches [3:19]
15. Open for Business [3:56]
16. Problematic Poisson [6:31]
17. How "Tourist" [5:51]
18. "The Army, Remember?" [:52]
19. The Band Steps In [4:00]
20. Shall We Dance? [4:05]
21. Welcome to the Club [5:43]
22. Barbara Entertains [6:25]
23. "I Do Love Paris" [9:41]
24. A Souvenir [4:44]
25. Color Bars [8:12]
Disc #2 -- Playtime
1. Introduction [8:01]
2. The Perfect Location [6:24]
3. Being Funny [7:05]
4. Playtime [7:25]
5. "Such a Little Life Inside" [6:11]
6. Please Watch the People [12:29]
7. A Satisfied Artist [1:47]

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Playtime 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again-please More than 1 year ago
This is a piece that you MUST watch several times to find all of the surprises. You can't sleep while Tati is performing and this one is no different. He doesn't appear in this feature as often as some of his other works but as you watch there is no doubt who is in charge and who will see you to the door at the end.