Playtime

1967, France-Italy, Language: French, English, German, Subtitles: English (124’); Screening: 09.05, 19.00, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

Consisting of five parts – the fifth is the longest and makes up half of the film – Tati’s Playtime is one of the most important and most charming films about the whirl of cities and how people get lost in their perpetual commotion. The protagonist of the burlesque, played by Tati himself, is the embodiment of one of the most important figures of the 20th century: the little man. Chaplin’s character before him featured how comical inaptitude and the state of being lost and forsaken can turn into greatness. How the little man fighting for his dignity can turn into a hero, almost an epic hero, of the burlesque. The city that deprives man of any chance of individuality, even of his own personality, appears in Tati’s films as both a melancholic background and a comic medium at the same time. Cinematographed by the Hungarian-born Jean Badal (Badal János). 

Directed by: Jacques Tati
Screenplay by: Jacques Tati
Director of photography: Jean Badal (Badal János)
Music by: Francis Lemarque
Cast: Barbara Dennek, Jacques Tati, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly
Genre: comedy
Production: Specta Films, Jolly Film
Format: colour, 1.85:1

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