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Playtime

Released 1973
Distributor Continental Distributing

The great comedian/director Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy, focusing on events taking place during a single day and set in an enormous phantasmagorical movie set,  recalls both Ulysses and Jerry Lewis’s THE LADIES MAN. Tati also pays homage to animator Tex Avery’s cautionary cartoon THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW when he finds himself in an exhibit touting technological advances that are more horrifying than heartening. In short, a movie-lover’s dream date. Filmed in 70mm over the course of two years, Tati’s meta-masterpiece was not a commercial success, perhaps because, in Truffaut’s words, “it is a film that comes from another planet, where they make films differently.”

About Marshall Harvey

Marshall Harvey is a graduate of the film school at Cal Arts. After working on several documentaries, early music videos, and trailers for New World Pictures, he moved into feature films with The Sword and the Sorcerer. He has edited many movies and television productions with director Joe Dante including The ‘burbs, Matinee, The Second Civil War, Small Soldiers and Masters of Horror.  Marshall has also done films with directors Steve Miner (Lake Placid), Mick Garris (Riding the Bullet) and has recently worked on Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D.