Year: 1967
UK: BFI (Collections)
Cast: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle, Valerie Camille, Erika Dentzler, Nicole Ray, Yvette Ducreux, Nathalie Jem, Jacqueline Lecomte, Oliva Poli, Alice Field, Sophie Wennek, Evy Cavallaro, Laure Paillette, Colette Proust, Luce Bonifassy, Ketty France, Eliane Firmin-Dick, Billy Kearns, Tony Andal, Yves Barsacq, Andre Fouche, Georges Montant, Georges Faye, John Abbey, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Michel Francini, Gregoire Katz, Jack Gauthier, Henri Piccoli, Leon Doyen, François Viaur, Douglas Read, Bob Harley, Jacques Chauveau, Gilbert Reeb, Marc Monjou, Billy Bourbon
Director: Jacques Tati
Country: France
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 126 mins
UK Certificate: U contains no issues
UK Release Date: 16 August 2003 (Limited Release)


PLAYTIME is not merely set in a city, it itself is a city, a proliferation of perspectives, a multifarious mesh of signs, a semiotic Utopia. As Hulot (Jacques Tati) wanders through the massive metropolis especially constructed for the film, the spectator cannot hope to comprehend its complete topography on a single viewing and ends by browsing rather than reading the imagery. In this recently restored rarity of rarities, an avant-garde, near-abstract comedy, the screen is transformed into a vast playground.