Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Jacques Tati's movie "Playtime" is the featured DVD on the "New Yorker" website this week. This is strange because I just watched it again, last week. And last night, my older son and I were walking along the Danforth in Toronto. My son is at a very cynical age where he really doesn't like people very much. I described to him a comment that Tati had made in an interview about the "real entertainment being out on the street." I explained that if you just watch people, without judging, you will see so much more. There is sweetness and buffoonery right there, walking down the street. Sure enough, I directed my son's attention to a man walking toward us with black shoes and socks, awkward shorts, with all of his attention on his Iphone. We HAD to laugh. I think the trick is to really "watch" people for more than a split second. Give them some real time and you'll be surprised how much you can see!