Comprised of one dexterously choreographed set piece after another, “Playtime” is Jacques Tati’s staggering, ambitious, hysterical and wondrous 1967 symphony of the city — and the most fun you’ll have with Tati’s Monsieur Hulot who, along with a gaggle of American tourists, finds himself lost in the crazy modern world of Paris.
Well, the film will not only be seen newly restored this Fall in The Criterion Collection’s The Complete Jacques Tati, on DVD and Blu-ray October 28, a 4K restoration of “Playtime” will also tour theaters. (The British Film Institute, for one, will host a Tati season in November.) Watch the 4K trailer below.
Studio Canal will roll out “Playtime” in Europe in November. We should eventually expect to see this stateside, as we’ve seen restorations of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” already this year. I was lucky enough to see “Playtime” in visually stunning 70mm a few years ago at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. And I’ll be seeing it again in 4K.