Cinema Sunset presents: Play Time

Play Time (1967) by Jacques Tati

Play Time + the making of Play Time with an introduction by Laura d’Ors
Release: 1967
Runtime: The making of Play Time: 6 mins and Play Time: 119 mins
Director: Jacques Tati

Tati’s famous alter ego Monsieur Hulot and a group of American tourists attempt to navigate a futuristic Paris constructed of straight lines, modernist glass and steel, high-rise buildings. In this environment, only the irrepressible nonconformity of human nature and an occasional appreciation for the good old days breathe life into an otherwise sterile urban lifestyle. While on his way to a important official, Monsieur Hulot gets lost in the maze of modern offices. The new industrial technologies, accepted as necessary by society, are represented by Tati as obstructions to daily life and an interference to natural human interaction.

Shot on 70mm Play Time is notable for its enormous set: “Tativille” which Tati had built specially for the film, as well as Tati’s trademark use of subtle, yet complex visual comedy supported by creative sound effects; dialogue is frequently reduced to the level of background noise.

Practical Information:
Tuesday 07 July | Play Time and the making of Play Time
19:30 | studio 209 | Houtlaan 21 | Rotterdam

Please note: Due to the building it is important to come on time.

Cinema Sunset is open for suggestions. Do you want to share a remarkable film with us and give a short introduction on the film of your choice? Please contact Margo Onnes. (margo.onnes[at]gmail[dot]com)

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