Russ Fischer on Jacques Tati's Playtime
Great article at Slash Film on Jacques Tati's Playtime:
Tati’s use of physical movement and comedy is sharp and sublime; he can guide an actor to build a character with just a few movements. His patience is wonderful, as jokes and routines play out over long shots. There’s very little that is subtle in Playtime, but there is so much going on at any one moment that it is easy to miss some things the first time through.
Some of the comedy is very small, whether it’s a small moment (two groups of different people regarding each other as they pass) or a gag that is literally small within the frame.I really wish more film sites did articles like this.