Trafic (Traffic) (1972)
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The legendary French comedian Jacques Tati returns as his most famous character, the bumbling M. Hulot, in this gentle but pointed satire of 20th Century car culture. In Trafic, Hulot is working as a designer for a major French automotive firm and is struggling to finish his latest project in time for an international auto show in Amsterdam -- a compact recreational vehicle that features everything from an electric razor and a collapsible couch to a built-in barbecue grill. While the car is
Dec 11, 1972 Limited
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...in the breezy vapor that amounts to the movie's plot, it's not the destination that counts, but the leisurely, amiably aimless travel you take getting there.
A masterpiece in its own right -- not only for the sharp picture of the frenetic and gimmick-crazy civilization that worships cars, but also for many remarkable formal qualities.
Like Godard, Tati is also remarkably appreciative of the odd beauty that can be revealed in the shapes, patterns and colors created by the technology of planned obsolescence.
Everyone is incapable of dealing with the modern world, but Mr. Hulot is even worse off than the rest of us.
In this charming comedy, Tati reinstates his protagonist and alter-ego, rediscovering the bucolic joys of country life.
... an imaginative, clever, gently humorous spoof of car culture and the drivers who are stuck in its gridlock
Jacques Tati's Trafic serves as a scaled-down but inescapably fitting companion piece to its predecessor, the monumental Playtime.
Not Tati's best but still has magical moments.
Tati, who's brilliant at commenting on modernization, here again provides insights into modern life that make for one of the freshest and funniest pictures to hit the screen in years.
While the plotlessness and lack of dialogue may take some getting used to for the uninitiated, Tati's sense of humour quickly becomes addictive.
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