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 camper 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
Truck driver Marcel Fraval
Director of ALTRA Honoré Bostel
FrançoisFrançois Maisongrosse
MechanicTony Knepper
MariaMaria Kimberly

Credits

DirectorJacques Tati
ProducerRobert Dorfmann
ScreenplayJacques Tati
with the artistic collaboration ofJacques Lagrange
And the participation ofBert Haanstra
CinematographyEdward Van Den Enden and Marcel Weiss
Set designAdrien De Rooy
CostumesJacques Esterel
MakeupGert Van den Bergh
EditingMaurice Laumain and Sophie Tatischeff
DubbingClaude Plouganou
SoundEd Pelster and Alain Curvelier
Sound mixerJean Nény
MusicCharles Dumont
ConductorBernard Gérard

Film Essays

Trafic: Watching the Wheels

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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 »