in about 100 words or less
France 124m, Colour
Director: Jacques Tati; Cast: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek
Gorgeously photographed, Playtime is an unusual comedy which is filled with supporting characters, and no real star, save Monsieur Hulot, who wanders in and out of the many busy scenes which satirize modernity and American tourists. Filled with subtle sight gags which are supported by sound effects, Playtime relies on the continuous movement of its characters in and out of various physical settings. Designed as a voyeuristic experience, Playtime is a highly stylized film intricately designed and staged that relies neither on dialogue or plot (Klaus Ming May 2015).