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10 people found this helpful
on 21 August 2011
I have recently viewed Les Vacances and Playtime and they are both extremely funny films. The transfer of Les Vacances is a little dirty to start with but cleans up very well after a few minutes. Although I'm viewing on a 47'' screen I am extremely surprised at the very good quality of transfer and colour reproduction on Playtime.
Tati seems to have a very unique style to his Directing, paying significant amounts of time and energy to very fine details. There is very little in the way of panning or zooming; he seems to film with lenses that mimic the perspective and magnification of the human eye . Many frames are completely still BUT within the frame every inch is a visual treat of 'sounds', still images, moving images and his trademark visual gags. I imagine that every single item within a frame has significance for Tati. I found my eyes jumping all over the screen trying to catch all of his nuanced symbols and gags. Of course it is impossible to see everything and that leaves an open invitation by Tati to return again and again.
The extra's are very informative should you want to investigate Tati further.
I don't know if Tati will appeal to everyone's sensibilities but I found myself laughing till I had tears in my eyes. Of course .... I can see a little bit of Mr Hulot in myself; I suspect a little bit of him lives in us all ... I hope so!