Controlled Chaos


Andrew Saladino (The Royal Ocean Film Society)


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I think Jacques Tati’s PlayTime is one of the unrivaled great films of all time, but rather than talk about its socio-economic commentary or its myriad of slapstick gags, let’s take a minute to dive into its extraordinary (and extraordinarily fun) Royal Garden sequence, and explore the inner workings of chaos unfolding.


Further Reading – The Dance of PlayTime by Jonathan Rosenbaum –


“Pillowtalk” and “Bonjour” by Jeff Kaale