In his comedy "Playtime" (1967), actor-director Jacques Tati reprises his famous Hulot character from two of his earlier works. The film is often considered his masterpiece and is notable for massive sets which seem to anticipate aspects of modern design.
Part of the 2019 ARC 354H1: HISTORY OF HOUSING Film Series
This Film Series is run in conjunction with the Lectures of ARC354H1: History of Housing: Visions, Crisis, Commonplace; it is organized by the instructors and students of the Course and is open to all Daniels Students. The Series reflects on issues discussed in class: Housing as Urbanism, the Industrial Revolution, Tenements and Apartments, Utopias and Communes, the Garden City, Post-War Reconstruction, Public Housing, Homework and Homelessness, Infill and Informal Settlements, the Ruins of Modernism, Optimization and Burnout, etc.
Students are exposed to seminal international cinematic works from the 1960s, 90s and 00s; different structures, tropes, characters, narratives or visions; close-ups or panoramas of the spaces, challenges and dreams of common and everyday domestic life in global cities. Open discussions will follow after the screenings, depending on schedule and attendance.