(France /1967 / dir by Jacques Tati)
* SAT. APRIL 18th @ 1:45pm – IN PERSON: Tati-obsessed Upstate staffer Carl Hoyt
** SPECIAL MEMBER BONUS! The film is open to all, but any member coming to see PLAYTIME will receive a free small popcorn and be entered in a raffle to win a dvd copy of Tati’s MON ONCLE! Upstate loves our members!
Made in 1967, PLAYTIME is the much-appreciated but rarely-shown masterpiece by Jacques Tati, who won several international awards for his films featuring Monsieur Hulot.
Hulot, one of the few modern comic characters in the mold of Chaplin and Keaton, is a bridge between the silent and sound eras’ approach to film comedy. Ostensibly documenting a group of American tourists and Hulot as they wander aimlessly through a simulacrum of Paris, PLAYTIME is (to quote Roger Ebert) “one of a kind, complete in itself, a species already extinct at the moment of its birth…Instead of plot it has a cascade of incidents, instead of central characters it has a cast of hundreds, instead of being a comedy it is a wondrous act of observation. It occupies no genre and does not create a new one.” In French with subtitles.
unrated / 124 mins