Part of the film series PANTALLA PAVELLÓ curated by Celia Marín & Daniele Porretta. Projected directly on the travertine wall, Playtime, a film by Jacques Tati (V.O. subtitled in english). Presented by Daniele Porretta.
After the hypertechnological house in Mon Oncle, Tati again caricaturises modern society in Playtime. Set in a futuristic Paris, the film follows the journey of a group of American tourists while trying to visit the city, and the adventures of Monsieur Hulot, lost in the bowels of a city of steel and glass, a maze in which it is impossible to find one’s way. Architecture in Playtime represents the accomplishment of the Modern dream: neatness, order and technological precision. We find no trace of the traditional city. By observing the cold and dull spaces, it is difficult to know whether the protagonist is in an office, a hospital or an airport. Transparency appears as the quintessence of the city of the future in which interior and exterior merge. Architects of the Modern Movement highly appreciated this situation; the large windows of homes and public spaces showing the privacy of its inhabitants. The great scenery that was built to shoot Playtime was called Tativille: the physical utopia of the modern city. A place where Mies van der Rohe’s architecture of steel and glass skyscrapers such as the Seagram Building or Lake Shore Drive, could have fit perfectly well.
Playtime, Jacques Tati, 1967, 108’
Director: Jacques Tati Screen
Play: Jacques Tati, Jacques Lagrange
Production: Specta Films / Jolly Film
Music: Francis Lemarque
Photo: Jean Badal, Andréas Winding
With: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Jacqueline Lecomte, Reinhard Kolldehoff
July 11 2016 at 21:30h
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion