One of Two-for-Tuesday

Posted in Main, Mind Wanderings, two for tuesday at 11:59 am by carrie

The other night we watched the film Play Time by Jacques Tati.

Well, I have to admit, I actually fell asleep for some of it… but it’s so dream-like anyway, it kind of felt natural. (My film teachers would hate that I said that! lol)

The sets were amazing… cartoon-like yet futuristic and surreal. It’s a satirical “slice of life” film that doesn’t really have a plot. You sort of breeze in and around characters doing everyday and tourist-y things. It completely reminded me of the circle vision film at Epcot Center (again with the Disney) at the France pavilion (I bet that they copied Tati!). Both films take you on a journey… you don’t really get to know all the characters but you get to see beautiful settings, everyday things happening and you get a “feel” for a different country or lifestyle. Very cool… and even better if you have a solid attention span!

It was shot on 70mm film, and I’ve read that you must see it on the big screen in 70mm to truly be absorbed by it’s beauty… So perhaps we’ll get that chance, someday! :)

You can really see the heavy-handed use of gray in this film… very much reminds me of all the monochromatic home furnishings that you are seeing everywhere these days (Pick up the Restoration Hardware catalog… you’ll see what I mean). All gray, blue, tan, brown with hints of modern silver and lots of glass… beautifully melancholy decor ;) (Which is making my home and blog look more and more like a circus in contrast! hehe).


  1. Babs said,

    October 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Reminds me of an episode of MAD MEN.

  2. NANCY DREW said,

    October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Where did you find the stills? To die for! thank you

  3. carrie said,

    October 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    HI :)

    I got the stills by doing a google image search of “Play Time”.

    I’m tempted to play the dvd again and take some screen shots because there are other scenes I’d love to share :)

    Netflix streaming has this movie available right now if you want to watch it… right now ;)

    Have fun!!

  4. Alicia said,

    October 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I will add it to our netflix queue! Although with killing the tv, we’ve actually been listening to NPR’s The Story in the evening, rather than watching anything.

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