Jacques Tati's "Playtime" - restored print

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Saw this last night at Lincoln Center; at least my third viewing of the film, but never so eye-popping. I feel like I could go again tonight. I know it's on Criterion Collection, but run to the theater if it ever shows near you. You'll scarcely know what part of the screen to look at during the nightclub sequence.

The only other film of its time it evokes is "2001."

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 15:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Love all the squeaky glass.

I saw some old new version at the Walter Reade back in the late 90s. The funny thing was, I had a good friend staying at my house and as I settled in my chair on one side of the auditorium, I was semi-surprised to see her coming in (late as usual) and seating herself on the other. This is not a story of romance, just a story of movie-crazed people.

2001 comparison OTM.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 18:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, that's funny cuz one always encounters the Noel Burch comment that Playtime "not only begs for multiple viewings, but demands to be seen from several different seats in the auditorium."

I was at that Reade revival as well! The image detail in this print is just stunning.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 19:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Morbius, are you P4u1 4ust3r?

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 19:36 (sixteen years ago) link

i have the dvd of this but cannot bring myself to watch it. i must get to it...

ryan (ryan), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 20:13 (sixteen years ago) link


Haha, what a concept! No, but he lives in my neighborhood.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 22:35 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

MoMA showing it tonight at 8:00PM, but not in 70mm.

alter cocker jarvis cocker (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 December 2009 17:07 (eleven years ago) link


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