Playtime – Criterion [DVD] (1967) *RARE NEW*

Playtime – Criterion [DVD] (1967) *RARE NEW*

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Playtime is structured in six sequences, linked by two characters who repeatedly encounter one another in the course of a day: Barbara, a young American tourist visiting Paris with a group composed primarily of middle-aged American women, and Monsieur Hulot, a befuddled Frenchman lost in the new modernity of Paris. The sequences are as follows:

  • The Airport: the American tour group arrives at the ultra-modern and impersonal Orly Airport.
  • The Offices: M. Hulot arrives at one of the glass and steel buildings for an important meeting, but gets lost in a maze of disguised rooms and offices, eventually stumbling into a trade exhibition of lookalike business office designs and furniture nearly identical to those in the rest of the building.
  • The Trade Exhibition: M. Hulot and the American tourists are introduced to the latest modern gadgets, including a door that slams “in golden silence” and a broom with headlights, while the Paris of legend goes all but unnoticed save for a flower-seller’s stall and a single reflection of the Eiffel Tower in a glass window.
  • The Apartments: as night falls, M. Hulot meets an old friend who invites him to his sparsely furnished, ultra-modern and glass-fronted flat. This sequence is filmed entirely from the street, observing Hulot and other building residents through uncurtained floor-to-ceiling picture windows.
  • The Royal Garden: This sequence takes up almost the entire second half of the film. At the restaurant, Hulot reunites with several characters he has periodically encountered during the day, along with a few new ones, including a nostalgic ballad singer and a boisterous American businessman.
  • The Carousel of Cars: Hulot buys Barbara two small gifts as mementos of Paris before her departure. In the midst of a complex ballet of cars in a traffic circle, the tourists’ bus returns to the airport.

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Clumsy Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist (Barbara Dennek), and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

Playtime
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Directed by Jacques Tati
Produced by Bernard Maurice
René Silvera
Written by Jacques Tati
Jacques Lagrange
Art Buchwald
(add'l Eng. dialogue)
Starring Jacques Tati
Music by Francis Lemarque
Cinematography Jean Badal
Andréas Winding
Edited by Gérard Pollicand
Release date
  • 16 December 1967(France)
  • 29 March 1968 (Italy)
Running time
124 minutes
Country France
Italy
Language French
English
German

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in

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