Playtime by Jacques Tati
In Playtime, characters get lost as they search for the romantic Paris of old, yet are lost in vast modern spaces. We are presented with a satirical view of modern city life, a glamourous, lustrous city – which is bound to grace the pages of the new PLAZA book! Playtime was filmed on a vast mobile set, known as `Tativille’, just outside Paris.
The film is structured in 6 sequences, linked by two characters who repeatedly meet one another in the course of one day: Barbara, an American tourist visiting Paris amongst a group composed of middle-aged American women, and Monsieur Hulot, a confused Frenchman lost in the new modernity of Paris.
Paris is shown as a city designed purely for aesthetic power and modernity yet unsuitable for human habitation. The characters seem distracted by endless gadgets, sleek metallic furniture and glossy surfaces. Particularly enjoyable is the scene with the ancient greek inspired pedal bin.