- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: July 15, 2008
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: 1971 LE JOURNAL DE CINEMA Interview with TRAFIC Cast
- Documentary: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MONSIEUR HULOT (1989)
- Featurette: THE COMEDY OF JACQUES TATI from Morceaux De Bravoure (1973)
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay: Jonathan Romney, Film Critic
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2008
"At times, in its depiction of a chaotic road trip, the film feels akin to Jean-Luc Godard's WEEKEND."
Jacques Tati's beleaguered and oblivious alter ego Mr. Hulot returns for his fourth screen appearance in this ridiculous and sublime automobile-focused film. Cars and drivers, present as subplots in Tati's previous comedies, take center stage in TRAFFIC. In his latest incarnation, Hulot is a vehicle designer at the Parisian firm Altra. Having recently completed the prototype for a Rube Goldberg mousetraplike ultraconvenient camper van, Hulot and Altra's pesky public relations girl, Maria (Maria Kimberly), embark to bring their newest creation to an auto show in Holland. The eagle eye of Tati's airtight humor follows Hulot on his doomed path to Amsterdam; he runs out of gas, has various accidents and engine difficulties, and invokes the wrath of both the police and customs officers. Interspersed between gags are seemingly documentary visions of French motorists picking their noses, being mimicked by their own windshield wipers, and generally causing trouble. Minimal dialogue, spectacular visual puns, and an awe-inspiring balletlike car crash complete the Tati take on car-and-driver culture.
Description by Criterion Collection:
In Jacques Tati's Trafic, the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, outfitted as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris's highways and byways. For this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto company's director of design, and accompanies his new vehicle (a camper tricked out with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road is paved with modern-age mishaps. This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic genius's expert timing and sidesplitting visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology run amok.
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