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Ntl. Architecture Week: Jacques Tati’s “Playtime” (1967)

The first film in our celebration of National Architecture Week is Jacques Tati’s Playtime.

At once a love letter and horror story to modernity, we experience the labyrinth of stoic mazes, imposing structure, and endless cubes in Playtime through a meandering Monsieur Hulot (Tati’s alter ego). What’s most interesting is that this architecture doesn’t really exist – the buildings, airports, streets were constructed as a set outside of Paris. Known as “Tativille”, it was the most expensive French film at the time.

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This entry was posted on April 9, 2012 by in Specials.

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