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-- Helen Strong (Public Affairs Director, Environmental Film Festival)
PLAYTIME (France / Italy, 1967, 126 min.)
Tati’s towering achievement, a triumph of widescreen space, color, design and stereophonic sound, has been painstakingly restored to the director’s original full-length vision. Playtime is a gentle, absurdist satire of modern life as homogenized, mechanized, commodified and voyeuristic, even as it celebrates the pleasures to be discovered in places where we typically spend time waiting. Nöel Burch observed that Playtime is “The first film in the history of cinema that not only must be seen several times, but [also from] different distances from the screen” (—Museum of Modern Art). In several languages (French, English, German, etc.) without need of subtitles. Directed by Jacques Tati.
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN), and
my 5th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..