Playtime @ Music Box Theatre

Because of the set up at The Music Box for the 70 mm Festival (separate lines for tickets and entry), it's going to be difficult for us to find each other before the film.  My suggestion is that we should meet just outside the theater after the movie is over.  Glad to see there’s such interest in this wonderful film and I look forward to meeting those of you just joining.  – Brad

 

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you a two week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

"Jacques Tati's PLAYTIME is one of a kind, complete in itself, a species already extinct at the moment of its birth. Even Mr. Hulot, Tati's alter ego, seems to be wandering through it by accident. Instead of plot it has a cascade of incidents, instead of central characters it has a cast of hundreds, instead of being a comedy it is a wondrous act of observation. It occupies no genre and does not create a new one. It is a filmmaker showing us how his mind processes the world around him.

Tati filmed his movie in 70mm, that grand epic format that covers the largest screens available with the most detail imaginable. He shot entirely in medium-long and long shots; no closeups, no reaction shots, no over the shoulder. He shows us the big picture all of the time, and our eyes dart around it to find action in the foreground, middle distance, background and half-offscreen. It is difficult sometimes to even know what the subject of a shot is; we notice one bit of business but miss others, and the critic Noel Burch wonders if "the film has to be seen not only several times, but from several different points in the theater to be appreciated fully."  The best way to see it is on 70mm, but that takes some doing." 

- Roger Ebert

 

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  • Dan

    The group is at bad ass coffee next door if anyone is looking for us.

    February 23, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      Thanx, Dan!!! That really helps out in a chaotic post-screening atmosphere. If anyone was looking for us and missed us, all apologies--our meetups usually aren't that crowded and confusing--it is the biggest week-end of the year for movie geeks and the post-Playtime line for the PTA screening afterwards was massive...attention, Uncle Oscar: no actual Best Picture nominee this year would attract a thousand customers at the MBT 6 months after 1st run; any argument that The Master's initially weak BO influenced The Snub falters in the face of the argument that Academy voters are too chicken about retribution from the Pyramid Scheme (Church) of Scientology to have given it The Nod...

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, a conflict in my schedule today.

    February 23, 2013

  • Brad

    Jimmy, I think we're good. Look forward to seeing you. Katherine, I suspect it won't be necessary, but I would show up a little early as the 70mm festival has been pretty popular.

    February 23, 2013

  • Katherine

    Is it suggested to buy tix ahead of time?

    February 22, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    Do you need a lanyard for a CFDG badge or any other kind of help ahead of time, Brad?

    February 22, 2013

  • Shikhi

    Love the fact that you have the name roger ebert on your page

    February 22, 2013

  • Brad

    Because of the set up at The Music Box for the 70 mm Festival (separate lines for tickets and entry), it's going to be difficult for us to find each other before the film. My suggestion is that we should meet just outside the theater after the movie is over. Glad to see there’s such interest in this film and I look forward to meeting those of you just joining.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will definitely try to make this. Playtime is one of my favorite films.

    January 11, 2013

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