Play Time (film)

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"Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion".[1]


"In his stumbling journeys through the modern world, Hulot became the perfect vessel for his creator’s musings on the nature of humanity in relation to the consumerism and mechanization of contemporary society; the persona also allowed Tati to subvert the rules of film comedy by toying with the notion of the punch line, a payoff often delayed or entirely ignored to further play against viewer expectation". —AllMovie guide



  • Jacques Tati
  • France, Italy
  • 1967
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English, German, French


  1. Criterion Films - Play Time