Trafic (1971) Film screening with introduction
Overlooked by many, Tati’s Trafic sees the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat and umbrella, take to Paris’ highways and byways.
In this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto company’s director of design, and accompanies his new product (a ‘camping car’ outfitted with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road there is paved with modern-age mishaps.
This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic genius’ expert timing and side-splitting knack for visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology run amok.
With an introduction from Catherine Wheatley, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London.
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Tony Knepper, Franco Ressel, Mario Zanuelli
PG / France / 96 mins
This programme is part of Opening Up the Magic Box, a heritage element of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Tati Day is also part of Future City Film Festival. The festival normally takes place every two years in the autumn but had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic. It will now run through 2022 as a series of special events. We are grateful to the British Film Institute for their support for the festival.
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