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Trafic - Criterion Collection (Version française) [Import]

Honore Bostel , Marcel Fravel , Jacques Tati    G (General Audience)   DVD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tati Dec 21 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Traffic was the movie which first got me into Tati's work. The story centres around getting a prototype car from France to a motor show in Rotterdam and as you may imagine things do not go smoothly. While Traffic lacks the endearment of Mon Oncle or M Hulot's Holiday it retains Tati's eye for understated visual humour. One of the great things about these works is that you can have seen them 20 or 30 times and still pick up on jokes that you missed before. The humour is not overt and can at times be subtle almost to the point of obscurity, however it repays repeated viewing with a some beautifully wry observations on the absurdities of everyday existence. Not a movie for belly laughs but real feel good humour.
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For Jacques Tati, the car is the perfect emblem of the dehumanising effects of modern industrial life. Supposedly a symbol of freedom - of movement, of consumer choice - it actually signifies confinement and uniformity. Our dependence on it dehumanises us; therefore, its capacity for unreliability, for breakdown, seems catastrophic, life-threatening. The proliferaton of cars in our society simply leads to a perpetual traffic jam, an inability to move - a terrifying, apocalyptic early shot reveals an endless parking lot, a virtual city of immobile machines; it also cuts us off from other people.
The problem with attempts to regiment life, to make it uniform and efficient, is that the raw material is intractable human nature, liable to put a spanner in the works through ineptitude, vanity, laziness, incomprehension, desire, officiousness, accident. Tati's simple story follows the Altra car company's attempt to transport a showpiece camping van (full of hilarious parody-Bond gadgetry, including built-in shower and barbecue) to an International Exhibition in Amsterdam. Prodded by an exasperated American public relations officer, M. Hulot and indolent driver Marcel are confounded all the way, by flat tyres, lack of gas, problems with customs, car crashes. As in Tati's very first feature, 'Jour de Fete', a progress leaving humanity behind is signalled by American aerodynamics, in this case the Apollo 11 moon-landings glimpsed on TV.
Tati conveys the industrial homogeneity that scares and angers him in many ways: by emphasising vast, cavernous industrial buildings, numbing in their inhumanity, dwarfing the people occupying them, especially in Tati's rigorous, no close-up shooting; by an austere, monotonous grey colour scheme (buildings, cars, roads, clothes etc.
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Format:VHS Tape
I first saw "Traffic" years ago in a theater and enjoyed it greatly. Then, it vanished and was unavailable for a long time. When it emerged on VHS I bought it eagerly. My first viewing of the tape was something of a let-down. However, the second time I looked at it I began to understand it again and subsequently have continued to find it a delight -just as I did originally. His gentle observations of the Dutch are quite perceptive. This is not "Mon Oncle," of course, but to one who was around when the movie was made (about 1970) it does remind me of an atmosphere of openness and tolerance which lamentably is now gone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful little film Nov. 8 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a cute and at times hilarious film. Though it isn't quite as accessible or clever as some of Tati's other offerings, it can be every bit as enjoyable, provided you spot the jokes and can also enjoy well-employed subtlety. The final few moments of the film are particularly brilliant and truly tie the film together as a metaphor and a visual anagram for the traffic in all of our lives.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully dull July 27 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Having seen "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" many times the past few years and enjoying it fully every time, we decided to order another of Jacques Tati's movies, "Traffic." "Traffic" was void of humor -- no funny lines or sight gags. The possibilities were endless, but not utilized. Mr. Hulot does his funny walk and jerky motions, but they're not tied to any comic situation. This movie left us totally disillusioned.
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