Free Owsley Sunday Film: PlayTime

Essential Cinema: 3 X Jacques Tati

Director Jacques Tati was the master auteur of French slapstick comedy with a keen critique of modern consumerist society, class, and technology.

Directed by Jacques Tati

Sunday, May 27, 12:30 pm


Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time in Paris. With every inch of its super-wide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion. 1967, France, DCP, in French with English subtitles, 124 minutes.