Tati’s towering achievement, a triumph of widescreen space, color, design and stereophonic sound, has been painstakingly restored to the director’s original full-length vision. Playtime is a gentle, absurdist satire of modern life as homogenized, mechanized, commodified and voyeuristic, even as it celebrates the pleasures to be discovered in places where we typically spend time waiting. Nöel Burch observed that Playtime is “The first film in the history of cinema that not only must be seen several times, but [also from] different distances from the screen” (—Museum of Modern Art). In several languages (French, English, German, etc.) without need of subtitles. Directed by Jacques Tati.

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