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