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Francophone Studies Presents: Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME

Director: Jacques Tati France
Language: French
Running Time: 124

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

“Jacques Tati’s 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders.” – Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Tati’s despair is modulated by a sense of wonder.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

Show Times: ONE NIGHT ONLY: Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00. Free Admission!