2012 in Film: #68 – Playtime

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2012 in Film: #68

Playtime (1967) | Directed by Jacques Tati

Grade: A

Thoughts: Bringing Tati’s Chaplin-esque character M. Hulot to the newly monochromatic city of Paris, the film plays like a lighthearted, less vicious, but just as charming critique on society version of Chaplin’s own Modern Times. But I suppose it’s unfair to compare the two. They’re both elegant films. Though, here, though it’s designed as a “silent” film, Tati’s deft direction is at its height when the sound of the world is just as important as its silence. Wonderfully choreographed and very funny.


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