playtime restoration

If you’ve never seen Playtime, the movie that almost broke Jacques Tati, 2014 could be your year. A new seven-disc box set of Tati blu-rays hits the UK in July, and Criterion should have its own set for release soon in the US. Along with the blu-rays comes a 4K restoration of Tati’s incredible film Playtime. I couldn’t love this film more; it’s a delight for so many reasons.

Recapping the plot of Playtime is difficult, because there’s not much of one. A bunch of characters (many Parisians, a group of American tourists, and Tati’s alter ego M. Hulot) wind their way through a mid-’60s vision of modernized Paris, eventually ending up at the opening night of a new restaurant, which crumbles around them as a party rages into the night. A trailer for the Playtime restoration is out, and I highly encourage you to watch below.

Update: We’ve got a new HD trailer for the restoration, which hits Blu-ray via Criterion at the end of October, and it’s even better than the one originally included over the summer. Both are now below.

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