Playtime (1967)

Jacques Tati directs and stars in this fun account of the bumbling M Hulot’s day in Paris.

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Filmed on a huge, complex set suggestive of the cool, vaguely dehumanising effects of technology and design on modern life, Tati’s masterpiece offers a low-key account of the bumbling Hulot’s experiences during one day in Paris. An office block of glass and steel becomes a boxed-in prison; a chaotic restaurant provides a memorably liberating opportunity for humanity to express itself.

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