Trafic Trafic
  • France
  • 1971
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  •  
  • 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: Things Fall Together

By David Cairns November 04, 2014

In cinema history, there truly is no gag like a Tati gag. Read more »


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Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin Ross October 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 Rosenbaum October 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 Quandt October 27, 2014

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


Film Essays

Trafic: Watching the Wheels

By Jonathan Romney July 14, 2008

The usual French term for traffic—meaning the movement of motor vehicles—is la circulation. The word trafic can be a synonym for it, but its primary meaning is traffic in the sense of commerce, . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

27_039_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Things Fall Together

By David Cairns November 04, 2014

In cinema history, there truly is no gag like a Tati gag. Read more »


Film Essays

Traficlot_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin Ross October 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 Rosenbaum October 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 Quandt October 27, 2014

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


Dispatches

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Flashback: Jacques Tati

By Peter Cowie October 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 Cinémathèque française’s appropriately large-scale retrospective of the famously ambitious French filmmaking . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Trafic: Watching the Wheels

By Jonathan Romney July 14, 2008

The usual French term for traffic—meaning the movement of motor vehicles—is la circulation. The word trafic can be a synonym for it, but its primary meaning is traffic in the sense of commerce, . . . Read more »

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