The Best Old (and New!) Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 4-10

03/04/2015 8:21 AM |

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Playtime (1967)
Directed by Jacques Tati
If there’s any justification needed for a series titled “See It Big,” there’s no better than Tati’s masterpiece. A rare combination of high modernism and comedy on a massive scale, it’s a film that’s actually impossible to catch the entirety of on small screen, with simultaneous gags crammed into every plane of Tati’s hyper-composed deep-focus images of what appears to be half the population of Paris, plus (why not?) a few cardboard cutouts. Held in loose orbit by Tati’s iconic Monsieur Houlot while whole comedic story lines play out in the margins, the film is a step into nearly uncharted territory that’s rarely been returned to since—perhaps because it bankrupted its production company. As film—and movie theaters?—undergo some sort of Thanatropic throes and society atomizes into isolated but ever-shifting roles, the film is as viscously prescient as it is humbly hilarious. MoMI isn’t screening the legendary 70mm print, but catching it on 35mm is still well worth the trip. Jeffery Dunn Rovinelli (Mar 6, 7pm at the Museum of the Moving Image’s “See It Big!: High and Wide”)