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Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

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Special Features All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer (uncompressed stereo soundtrack on Blu-ray edition) Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones Selected scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp Au-delà de “Playtime,” a short documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the production Tati Story, a short biographical film “Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot’s Work,” a 1976 BBC Omnibus program featuring Tati Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival (Courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives) Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati Alternate international soundtrack New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

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