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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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