Monday, February 02, 2009

Another Tati comparison: Streetlights on an airport expressway

Following up on my previous comparison between London's Docklands/Canary Wharf and Tativille (the movie set for Jaques Tati's Playtime), here's another one between New Delhi and Tativille.



A new highway/expressway opened a year or two ago to get to the Delhi airport, and traveling on it one morning (not to the airport though) I realized that the streetlights remind me of the airport-to-Paris shot in Tati's Playtime. They both have that weird modernism-gone-slightly-and-coldly-haywire feeling, though the Tati streetlamps have a floral/organic quality, while the Delhi streetlamps seem to be Frank Lloyd Wright Broadacre-lite.

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