Trafic Trafic

Trafic

Jacques Tati

 
  • France
  • 1971
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #439

In Jacques Tati’s Trafic, the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris’s highways and byways. In this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto company’s director of design, and accompanies his new product (a “camping car” outfitted with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road there is paved with modern-age mishaps. This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic genius’s expert timing and sidesplitting knack for visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology run amok.

Cast

Monsieur HulotJacques Tati
MariaMaria Kimberly
MechanicTony Knepper
Truck driver Marcel Fraval
Director of Altra Honoré Bostel
FrançoisFrançois Maisongrosse

Credits

DirectorJacques Tati
ProducerRobert Dorfmann
ScreenplayJacques Tati
With the artistic collaboration ofJacques Lagrange
And the participation ofBert Haanstra
Directors of photographyEdward van den Enden and Marcel Weiss
Camera operatorsPaul Rodier and Anton van Munster
EditorsMaurice Laumain and Sophie Tatischeff
SoundEd Pelster and Alain Curvelier
Sound mixerJean Nény
MusicCharles Dumont
Set designerAdrien De Rooy

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • “Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot’s Work,” a 1976 episode of the British television program Omnibus featuring an interview with Tati about his Hulot films
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin RossOctober 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

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Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

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Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Trafic: Watching the Wheels

By Jonathan RomneyJuly 14, 2008

The usual French term for traffic—meaning the movement of motor vehicles—is la circulation. . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Traficlot_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin RossOctober 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

126_053_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

130_053_t_thumbnail

Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James QuandtOctober 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Jacques Tati

By Peter CowieOctober 23, 2014

The author recalls meeting the filmmaker in a Swedish hotel in the ’70s. Read more »


News

JACQUES TATI: A SORTA CENTENNIAL

April 06, 2009

Paris is turning into Tativille starting tomorrow, April 8, until August 2, with the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Trafic: Watching the Wheels

By Jonathan RomneyJuly 14, 2008

The usual French term for traffic—meaning the movement of motor vehicles—is la circulation. . . . Read more »