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November 29, 2021, 7:00 PM

French auteur Jacques Tati's Playtime is a genre-less collection of scenes observing the absurd and often comedic banalities of everyday modern life. The set, called "Tativille," was created with its own high-rises, offices, power plant, and airline terminal. The characters on screen interact with the glass and steel of the whimsical world, often disappearing and reappearing within the sprawling widescreen tableaus. Although PLAYTIME was not a commercial success at first, Tati's influence is seen in the work of David Lynch, Wes Anderson, and Roy Andersson. "Once dismissed, Playtime is today acknowledged as a radically innovative marvel. No other film uses space, architecture and crowds quite like this." –Jonathan Romney, The Guardian.

(Not Rated, 115 min., 1967)

Free for Maine Film Center members; for all others, regular admission prices apply.


November 29, 2021
7:00 PM


Maine Film Center
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Railroad Square Cinema
Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St
Waterville, ME
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