A film by Jacques Tati
Regarded by many as Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Playtime is a surreal, comic vision of modern life in which the director’s much-loved character, Monsieur Hulot – accompanied by a cast of tourists and well-heeled Parisians – turns unintentional anarchist when set loose in an unrecognisable Paris of steel skyscrapers, chrome-plated shopping malls and futuristic night spots.
- Presented in both high definition and standard definition.
- Alternative ‘International’ soundtrack (revised by Tati to include more English dialogue).
- Feature commentary by film historian Philip Kemp.
- Rare audio interview with Jacques Tati recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1968, accompanied by stills and images from the BFI’s collections.
- Original theatrical trailer (DVD only).
- Au-dela de Playtime (DVD only, 2002, 6 min): a documentary about the making and unmaking of Playtime.
- Script-girl (DVD only, 2003, 12 minutes): continuity supervisor Sylvette Baudrot on working with Tati.
- Tati Story (DVD only, 21 min): short biographical film.
- Fully illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by David Furnham and Kevin Brownlow’s memories of interviewing Tati.
Original aspect ratio
- 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories
- B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand