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Trafic (1971)

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style.

Director:

Jacques Tati

Writers:

Jacques Tati (original scenario), Jacques Lagrange (artistic collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jacques Tati ... Monsieur Hulot (as Mr. Hulot)
Marcel Fraval Marcel Fraval ... Truckdriver
Honoré Bostel Honoré Bostel ... Director of ALTRA
François Maisongrosse François Maisongrosse ... François (as F. Maisongrosse)
Tony Knepper Tony Knepper ... Mechanic
Franco Ressel
Marco Zuanelli Marco Zuanelli ... Mechanic (as Mario Zanuelli)
Maria Kimberly Maria Kimberly ... Maria
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Storyline

At Altra Motors, Mr. Hulot designs an ingenious camper car with lots of clever features. A lorry hauls the prototype to an important auto show in Amsterdam, with Mr. Hulot alongside in his car and a spoiled, trendy PR exec, the young Maria, in her sports car packed with designer clothes and her fluffy dog. The lorry has every imaginable problem, delaying its arrival. A flat tire, no gas, an accident, a run-in with police, a stop at a garage, and numerous traffic jams showcase vignettes of people and their cars. Through interactions with these down-to-earth folks, Maria gradually loses her imperious conceit, becoming much more relaxed and fetching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Master of Comedy Gets Caught in a Jam!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Dutch | English

Release Date:

11 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trafic See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,800
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of an argument between, Jacques Tati and Bert Haanstra, Haanstra left the production. See more »

Goofs

After demonstrating the 'seat belt' attachment, the driver is seen putting his jacket back on as he leaves the vehicle. He only manages to put his left arm into a sleeve of the jacket. The next shot shows him stepping out of the vehicle with his jacket completely on. See more »

Quotes

Maria: Where are you going, Mr. Hulot?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Tati is billed simply as "M. Hulot." He does, of course, use his real name for his writing and directing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Unfaithful (2002) See more »

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Trafic
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont
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Almost as good as Tati's best films; very underrated!
31 July 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Tati's final theatrical film, which is often considered his greatest failure, is in actuality nearly as good as his masterpieces. In this film, Tati stars for the fourth and final time as M. Hulot. This time he has a job as an automobile designer, and it is his job to get his company's new Camping Car to Amsterdam for a big auto show. Accompanying him is a driver, François, and a public relations worker, Maria (played marvelously by Maria Kimberly, who reminds us of the great lead actress roles played by Nathalie Pascaud and Barbara Denneck in M. Hulot's Holiday and Playtime respectively). Maria drives around in a little yellow convertible with her little fur-ball dog. Its fast and maneuverable. It can go pretty much anywhere it wants. Unfortunately, François and M. Hulot are driving a large truck. They often get into trouble when they're trying to follow Maria's car. Every problem that can happen does. Many observations are made about how people act when they're in their cars on the highway (it's a non-stop traffic jam from Paris to Amsterdam). The jokes in Traffic are always hilarious. The first fifteen or twenty minutes are somewhat dry of them, which is mainly why I don't rank this one up there with M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle, and Playtime (it's about even with Jour de fête). But when it gets going, it never stops. And it's beautiful, too, just as all of his other films. The final sequence is sublime, and the final shot will stay with me forever. 9/10.


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