Interiors - Playtime

Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967) was filmed in 70mm, which he believed was the shape of the modern world, with five-track stereophonic sound. The director constructed more than just production sets for this film; he created a false city in the outskirts of Paris, complete with paved roads with streetlights, working water and electricity and even a functioning escalator in one of his sets. This city space became known as Tativille. The budget of the film quickly escalated during production and its failure at the box office destroyed his once-successful career.

From Interiors Volume 9. Find out more about the journal here or see past issues here.

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