Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trafic, by Jacques Tati (1971)

   A symphony of images about traffic and modern society. The dance-like piece on drivers picking up their noses is a beautiful catch of this staple of modern life.

   There is something very special on Tati's movies. Something that seemed to exist in silent cinema and that was lost over time. Maybe only cartoons can sometimes have this freedom now.

   He doesn't get too caught up on dialogues, and the use of sound is superb. An example: When he is following a fellow man in search for a gasoline station, the soundtrack is the noise of the container being beaten.

    Most importantly, for a movie composed of short situation sketches, your eyes are never bored. There is always something to catch your attention in every scene. Superb!

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