Playtime - Beautiful
I love about it all the little hidden half glmpses of things where they should not be such as the reflection of the Eiffel Tower in the door of the drugstore, I love the different ways the characters move, the physical comedy of it. I love the way the sounds and music for it are so beautifully placed and matched, and I love the way that it makes me feel optimistic about life in spite of all the changes that are going on now as they were then. It makes me feel better to watch it, I bought it on a friend's recommendation never having seen it before, was very pleased I had.
Playtime - Paris foibles - timeless in this one context
I was a fan of Jacques Tati in the 60's especially some of the scenes in Mon Oncle so I bought this to try to recreate the old feeling. As normal Tati wanted to always be in his films and in the beginning it is delightful with his tall rangy figure with a distinctive walk going about the Paris of the mid 60's which in itself is eyeopening as nothing has changed except the car models. His insights on Parisiens is superb and is an education for anyone visiting Paris for the first time or even seasoned visitors. It is of course very dated and while the buildings and establishments were ahead of their time in this period - they cannot show progress even to the next generation easily. After a while one tires of Tati's meanderings and yokel habits and he must have realised this because the newly opened restaurant scene is the best of the whole film with Tati only in it toward the end of the scene. For this 20 minute scene alone the film is well worth viewing as raises it from average to good.Read full review