Thursday, January 12, 2012

Modern Technology Playtime

Tonight for one night only, FilmStreams theater, DaOMA (Design Alliance Omaha) and Omaha Creative Institute are debuting a film that had never been properly released in the U.S.

"Playtime" (1967) by Jacques Tati is a virtually silent commentary on the cold, vast and impersonal nature of technology that was becoming predominant in our modern age. It took 2 years to film and another 3 years to release. For lack of adequate skyscrapers, Tati decided to build his own building for a set that would become a film studio and ended bankrupting the production.

I found this old poster of the film online and loved it's graphic image of a body filled with buttons and directional signs and I thought more poignant than it's schitzophrenic, messy current poster image but then again I haven't seen the movie yet.

I am excited to see this piece of cinematic history on the big screen. Considering how much technology continues to direct even more of our lives this day and age it would be interesting compare impressions between now and then. If you get the chance to see it please share your feedback.

"Playtime is a lasting testament to the modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion"-F.S.

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