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Trafic [DVD][1971]

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  • Actors: Jacques Tati
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Enelle Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HBWAKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,783 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Trafic was Jacques Tati's last outing as the bumbling, amiable Monsieur Hulot, one of cinema's most beloved comic personas, following his appearence in films such as Les Vacances de M. Hulot, Mon Oncle and Playtime. In Trafic, he accompanies his car firm's new vehicle-an absurd Hulot-esque camper van-to a motor show in Amsterdam. This prescient satire on a man's obsession with motorised transport mixes wonderful observational comedy with laugh-out-loud moments. Tati's typically subtle choreography of people and objects is a rewarding lesson in how to see the world anew.

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Rated it 5 stars as I had seen it before. Also almost everything Jacques Tati did was absolutely brilliant. I would recommend it to anyone who likes French humour. No need to learn French as, in common with most Tati films, there is no important dialogue - the humour is mainly visual. This was the last full length film he made.
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This is Hulot's last appearance and his role has changed from instigator of chaos to observer. Most of what happens is not his fault, he's a victim of circumstance and other people's mistakes. Like Tati's earlier Playtime, this film is really about the way we behave and how we interact with the modern world we've created. Specifically cars and traffic in this case, and there are lots of wry comments on the madness of it all.
There is a story to keep up the interest, we want to know whether Hulot and his partners will every make it to the motor show, and the characters themselves evolve as a result of their journey. It's often funny but in that understated Tati way, nothing hits you in the face, you need to just relax into its gentle pace and watch for the jokes, which are often subtle. The restoration is very good with slightly muted colours in tune with the 1970s setting.
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One of my favourite films , indeed all of Tati's films are very rewarding viewing. I have also purchased the collection, it is a pity it is not part of the collection offering.
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Having watched this film years ago I thought it would amuse my grandson. Any thing with Jacques Tati is brilliant.
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I have been a fan of Tati for many years and purchased this DVD to replace my old VHS, highly amusing.
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I am still laughing two days after seeing ‘Trafic’ for the first time, and I now long for the chance to see it again on the big screen. What I love the most about this little masterpiece is the way it subtly and cerebrally sustains the audience in guttural snigger throughout, but punctuates it with sudden and surprising bursts of hysterical laughter, through judiciously paced interventions of ingenious slapstick. It is also remarkable that Tati, being a master of satire, conceived the repercussions of our obsession with cars as early as the 1970’s, a feat that is even more resonant now that our roads and streets are chock-a-block with vehicles in ever increasing numbers.

It takes a little while to adjust to the now decrepit filming techniques used in the making of ‘Trafic’, but once in tune, it proves to be an unforgettable and unparalleled cinema experience. In tone, it is like a silent movie with sound, a trait that Tati harnesses by lightly speeding up action, and in content, a Daliesque parable, as demonstrated by a nod to the ameliorating importance of public transport at the very end.

For my misfortune, this is the first film by Tati that I have seen so far, and it is definitely not going to be the last.
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Since 1st seeing a Tati film 50+ years ago I have been `hooked`. I had all his work on tape and then DVD except `Traffic`. Imagine how pleases I was when I see. at last, there`s a DVD version.
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I saw this film literally eons ago, and still chuckle when I remember the scene with all the mad windscreen wipers in the traffic jam - can't wait to watch it this Xmas for a real nostalgic treat!
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