The first film in our celebration of National Architecture Week is Jacques Tati’s Playtime.

At once a love letter and horror story to modernity, we experience the labyrinth of stoic mazes, imposing structure, and endless cubes in Playtime through a meandering Monsieur Hulot (Tati’s alter ego). What’s most interesting is that this architecture doesn’t really exist – the buildings, airports, streets were constructed as a set outside of Paris. Known as “Tativille”, it was the most expensive French film at the time.