Thursday, 11 November 2010

Jacques Tati's Play Time

Playtime (1967), shot in 70mm, was the most risky and expensive work of Tati's career. Many of the figures in this film are cardboard cutouts. The stainless steel is really photographic prints stuck onto the walls and floor.

Though Playtime was a critical success (Fran├žois Truffaut praised it as "a film that comes from another planet, where they make films differently"), it was a massive and expensive commercial failure, eventually resulting in Tati's bankruptcy.

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