“Play Time” ArchiMovie | USJ Movie Event

Play Time poster | Credit: Dan Shalev

Masterpiece with a Price

Monday (May 7, 2012), “Play time”, a critically acclaimed movie by comedic actor and film director Jacques Tati will run for all to see at USJ. It took nine years for the French creative professional to create his brilliant masterpiece, and it came with a cost. Come watch what he concocted with us. It will be shown in the Architecture Studio in Room CO2 (in Nape 2) and will be commented on by our own USJ Professor Yves Sonolet.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30

Place: Nape 2, Room C02

Movie Title: Play Time

About Play Time

Considered by many his masterpiece, Play Time (1967), shot in 70mm, was to be the most ambitious yet risky and expensive work of Tati’s career; it would end up bankrupting him. It took nine years to make, and he had to borrow heavily from his own resources to complete the picture. For Play Time, Tati fabricated a set (dubbed “Tativille”) on the outskirts of Paris that emulated an entire modern Paris.

In the film, Hulot and a group of American tourists lose themselves in the futuristic glass and steel of the Parisian suburbs, where only human nature and a few views of the city of Paris, itself, still emerge to breathe life into the city. Play Time had even less of a plot than his earlier films, and Tati endeavored to make his characters, including Hulot, almost incidental to his portrayal of a modernist and robotic Paris. Though Play Time was a critical success (François Truffaut praised it as “a film that comes from another planet, where they make films differently”), it was a massive and expensive commercial failure, eventually resulting in Tati’s bankruptcy.

About Jacques Tati

the funny man with the pipe

Jacques Tati | Credit: Wikipedia

Jacques Tati was a French comedic actor and film director who starred in all six of his feature films. He is well-remembered for his signature character, Monsieur Hulot, a gentle, pipe-smoking man who appeared in four of his films, including Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot. His humor hangs on vignettes that play on timing and mannerisms which illuminate the humor of a mechanized modern world.

About Yves Sonolet

Yves Etienne Sonolet is born in Paris and graduated with honors from l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse (France) before settling in Macao in 2008. He has participated in group exhibitions in several institutions including the Macau Art Museum as well as organized art demonstrations in public space. Using multimedia, video and painting as mediums his main field of interest is questioning the urban environment in its mutation.

Yves Sonolet is the Lead Lecturer of Digital Photography and Video of the program of Architecture and of Communication & Media at the University of Saint Joseph.

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遊戲時間 | 有關本片

 「遊戲時間」(以七十亳米菲林拍攝)是雅克.塔蒂的所有作品中最富野心的,成本也是最昂貴的一部。這部電影用了整整九年時間拍攝,而成本之高,則令到他需要變賣他的財產,以及借貸才能維持到整個製作。在「遊戲時間」中,他創造了一個新的手法TATIVILLE來拍攝一個現代的巴黎。

在電影中,HULOT跟一班來自美國的遊客發現他們在巴黎的郊區迷路了,那裡只有數個人,遠遠望去可以看到巴黎市區。「遊戲時間」中的情節比他以往的電影還要少,而塔蒂以他生活上的寫照創作本劇的角色。

雖然「遊戲時間」是一部成功的電影,但因為龐大的製作成本,最終令到塔蒂破產。

有關雅克.塔蒂

雅克.塔蒂是一位法國喜劇演員以及導演,他參演了他所執導的全部六部電影。他最引人注目的角色為MONSIEUR HULOT,這是一個曾經出現在他其中四部電影的角色。他的幽默感,照亮了當時機械化的世界。

有關Yves Sonolet

Yves Sonolet出生於法國巴黎,他於法國l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse取得榮譽學位,於二零零八年定居澳門。他參加了數個展覽會,包括於澳門藝術博物館的公共地方展示藝術。他主要使用多媒體、影片及油畫來展現城市環境的變異。

他現為聖若瑟大學建築系「數碼攝影及影片製作」課程的主要講師。

Gino, year 2 Communication and Media

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“Play Time”

Considerado por muitos a obra prima de Tati, “Play Time” (1967), filmado em 70mm, era para ser o trabalho mais ambicioso – contudo arriscado e caro – da sua carreira, o que acabaria por o levar à falência. Demorou nove anos para o realizar e no entanto teve de pedir emprestados recursos para completar as filmagens.

Para “Play Time”, Tati criou um cidade (apelidado de “Tativille”) nos arredores de Paris imitando a mesma Paris moderna.

No filme, Hulot e um grupo de turistas Americanos perdem-se nos vidros e aços futuristas dos subúrbios Parisienses, onde a natureza humana e apenas algumas vistas da cidade ainda emergem para lhe dar vida.

“Play Time” teve ainda menos intriga que nos filmes anteriores, com Tati a esforçar-se para criar as suas personagens, incluindo Hulot, de forma quase incidental, qual retrato de uma Paris modernas e robótica.

Apesar de “Play Time” ter sido um sucesso crítico (François Truffaut elogiou-o como “um filme que veio de outro planeta; de um lugar onde se fazem filmes de forma diferente”), foi um enorme e dispendioso falhanço comercial, o que resultou na falência do realizador.

Sobre Jacques Tati

O Francês Jacques Tati foi um actor de comédia e realizador que actuou em todos os seus seis filmes de longa metragem. Ele é bem recordado pelo carácter exclusivo de Monsieur Hulot, um homem delicado, fumante de cachimbo, que apareceu em quatro dos seus filmes, incluindo “Les Vacances”. O seu humor paira sobre vinhetas que jogam no tempo e maneirismos que iluminam o humor de um mundo mecanizado moderno.

Sobre Yves Sonolet

Yves Etienne Sonolet nasceu em Paris e foi graduado com louvor na Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Toulouse (França) antes de decidir fixar-se em Macau em 2008.

Sonolet tem participado em exposições em grupo em várias instituições, incluindo no Museu das Artes em Macau, tendo igualmente organizado demonstrações de arte em espaços públicos. Usando multimédia, vídeo e pintura como meios, as suas principais áreas de interesse são questionar o ambiente urbano e a sua mutação.

Yves Sonolet é o Professor de Fotografia e Vídeo Digital do programa de Arquitectura e de Comunicação e Media na Universidade de São José.

Jerusa Antunes, aluna de Comunicação e Media do 3. ano

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