Steel and Glass

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I have written a little essay for Criterion’s magisterial Complete Jacques Tati box set, recommended as the ideal Christmas present for a discerning cinephile, if you have the means. But I have also made a video piece for Criterion’s website, along with editor Timo Langer and online editor Stephen Horne, to whom thanks are due.

You can view the thing free, gratis and for nothing, here. I’m quietly chuffed with it.

Also, look around at all the other nice goodies on offer. The magnificent box set can be grabbed at the link below.

The Complete Jacques Tati [Blu-ray]

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2 Responses to “Steel and Glass”

  1. Marvelous. One of the most wonderful things about Playtime is the way Tati convert situations that ought to be seen as “disasters” into opportunities for human innovation. The door and its subsequent gags are one example of this.

  2. True! And so the movie evolves bit by bit from a purgatory to a paradise.

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