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Paul Jensen

PLAYTIME (1967) 4 stars

Jacques Tati's masterpiece is an astonishing, completely original and bizarrely funny experience. Shot in 70mm, it cost a fortune to make and there's hardly any dialogue throughout. Tati is like a combination of Chaplin and Antonioni. He's a complete auteur; extremely funny, deeply satirical and truly poetic. His films are cinema in the purest sense and his respect for the audience is impressive. His universe unfolds and leaves it up to you to dissect. There's so much to take in throughout the frame and the choreography on display is complex and at times jaw-dropping. I love the jabs he takes at tourism and big city living. (E.g. the posters of tourist destinations around the world - all looking exactly the same - very clever.)

 

Genre: Foreign
Director: Jacques Tati