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A remarkable achievement in comedy set in a futuristic vision of Paris, Playtime is Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, loved by critics and cinemagoers alike.

With only a handful of feature-length films to his credit as director, Jacques Tati has still managed to secure his position as one of the greatest movie directors, with Playtime considered Tati’s masterpiece. A remarkable achievement in comedy, every scene in Playtime is packed full of subtle gags and visual humour. The film is notable for its enormous set, which Tati had built specially for the film, as well as its creative sound effects where dialogue is often reduced to background noise.

Playtime is set in a futuristic Paris dominated by a hyper-consumerist society. The story is structured in six sequences, linked by two characters who repeatedly encounter one another throughout the course of the day. Although commercially the film was unsuccessful upon its release, it has since gone on to gather a strong following of critics and cinemagoers alike.


This screening will be introduced by broadcaster and writer Matthew Sweet.

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