I may have posted about this film some time ago but every time I watch this Jaques Tati masterpiece I re-discover why this is one of my all-time favourite films. Playtime was in some ways Jaques Tati's undoing as a film maker. It was a mamoth and expensive undertaking and a film which rendered Tati penniless in his quest to complete it. Poorly reviewed and received, perhaps decades had to pass before it was evident how incredible this film really is and ground breaking in many ways in its year of creation, both technically as well as topically. It has been said that the Peter Sellers favourite "The Party" was spawned in concept from Playtime but it is an obvious and crudely angled immitation to what is actually a seriously beautiful and intellegent account of modern day Paris at the brink of becoming Americanised in the 1960s. This long, two hour plus film of almost no dialogue and a very loose thread of a plot, is a visual feast with an important underlying message. The film must be watched a number of times to fully take in the clever scenarios occurring in every corner of the screen, as in real life.