Cinema: Lifeless Abstractionist

PLAYTIME

Directed by JACQUES TATI

Screenplay by JACQUES TATI

There is no doubt that Jacques Tati has the spirit of an artist. A short subject accompanying Playtime shows him to be generally observant and thoughtful, not only about his own film making but also about the world around him and the people with whom he shares it. Unfortunately, he lacks the artist's talent to mold and shape his insights into truly engaging works. This film—made in 1968 but delayed in release here until a satisfactory 35-mm. print could be made from his 70-mm. original—is...

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