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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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traffic | police | dog | road | repairman | See All (70) »

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The Master of Comedy Gets Caught in a Jam!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final feature film directed by Jacques Tati. See more »

Goofs

A wide shot shows the empty exhibition hall which seems to be subdivided into lots by thin wire on poles. While only the poles are visible from the distance, some men have to climb over the wire as they cross the scene. But if you look closely at their foot movements, obviously there is no wire as otherwise they would repeatedly get stuck and stumble. See more »

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 Traffic Jam (2013) See more »

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Les Lignes Jaunes
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont
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Long-winded but entertaining
9 September 2013 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

This is a slow comedy - the best way to enjoy it is to invite some friends over, put some nice wine or beer plus something to eat on the table and let the "story" unfold on a big screen (Tati's compositions are worth the big screen, even if the film stock is of low quality). Some of the scenes resemble car ballets! "Trafic" satirizes man and his obsession with fetish #1, the car, but it does so in a very nice way, not condemning or condescending, more like a nature documentary showing the behaviour of some strange species. The comedy is very close to Buster Keaton's, at its center technological gadgets, slapstick and social interactions slipping into the absurd. My favourite scene might be the one where some mechanics are repairing the car while watching a live broadcast from the moon (yep, the movie is that old) and begin imitating the low-gravity motions of the astronauts. It's rarely laugh-out loud but it's always inducing smiles! Highly recommended if your attention span is up to it.


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