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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:

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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

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

Goofs

During the car crash, when the white Citroen DS goes on its front wheels, the camera cuts to a reverse shot showing the DS from behind, revealing small auxiliary wheels underneath the car to make it run that way. 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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Follows Mon Oncle (1958) See more »

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Trafic
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont
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Very French, and frustrating to watch on a TV
2 July 2000 | by edwartellSee all my reviews

Jacques Tati's final film shows his frustrations with modern progress, and car congestion in particular. Suffice it to say that on a trip from Paris to Amsterdam every possible problem a car could encounter short of absolute destruction is suffered by poor Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) and his traveling group. The humor and pacing of the film is very French; that is, a bit slow to American sensibilities. Regardless, the film is oddly compelling even when nothing more than a traffic jam is seen. The gags are sometimes hilarious. Watching this English-dubbed video on a TV is a frustrating experience, since one suspects that it would be much more interesting on the big screen (because of the somewhat monotonous nature of the images), which is not an option. A worthwhile watch, but definitely not TV-friendly. Not Tati's most accessible film.


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