Thursday, April 24, 2014

460. Playtime

Playtime
1967
Directed by Jacques Tati











I really thoughts the days of having to endure silent comedies were over (though quite a few of them were enjoyable, a lot of endurance was required to get through them all).  However, here we are presented with Jacques Tati's Playtime.  Although it is not a silent comedy, his hijinks certainly play out that way and it is actually quite a tiresome watch.

Monsieur Hulot (Jesus, is there a character I have missed less?), is back for another performance.  He plays a confused Frenchman who is unable to adapt to the modernity of Paris.  It is kind of like watching your grandparents struggle with new technology.  Mildly amusing, but there comes a point where you just what to yell at them since you feel like the task they are having trouble with couldn't be any simpler.

Simply not funny and I have no idea why Tati got three movies on The List.

RATING: *----

Interesting Facts:

The failure of this film left Tati in debt for a decade.


2 comments:

  1. I have only seen Mon Oncle from Tati, thought is was mildy entertaining. Nothing that I would run out and hurry to watch again. This one sounds like the same thing.

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    1. Yeah, they are all pretty much the same and take up precious space on The List!

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