Heavy Traffic (1973)
Michael, a Jewish-Italian cartoonist with a black girlfriend tries to make it in New York City. (imdb)
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1. Features under 91 minutes (collaborative: moderated by epiphany - 56 stars)
2. Surreal (collaborative - 47 stars)
3. Psychotronic Film and Video Guides (collaborative: moderated by Gregzilla - 40 stars)
4. New York Times' The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made (collaborative: moderated by theficionado - 32 stars)
5. New York (collaborative: moderated by djross - 10 stars)
6. Capsules, guest reviews, list candidates... (366weirdmovies) (collaborative: moderated by sesito71 - 4 stars)
7. Coheed's Films I Need To See Or Try To Track Down (public: Coheed - 3 stars)
8. Cinema Sewer (collaborative: moderated by mattburgess)
9. No physical version (easily available) in English-speaking regions (collaborative: moderated by JooJoo)
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Animated feature about the struggles facing an underground artist in New York in the early 70s. It's a pretty loosely connected series of vignettes, only about half of which are very interesting, and all of which are sure to offend someone. The quality of the animation varies wildly, and the live action framing device makes no sense at all.
For every great segment there's three awful ones. I FEEL GROSS watching Bakshi's movies.
Bakshi is shockingly uncensored. Many artists use shock tactics cynically to get your attention (& Bakshi's not above it either), but most of them draw a big line between themselves & the ugliness of their characters. Not here. The sex & violence in this coming-of-age stew (many scenes threaded together w/ mixed media to reach feature length) shocks b/c it feels so honest & true-to-life - which is why it feels so odd when Bakshi turns it into Bugs Bunny slapstick. He's got a WEIRD sense of humor
Like a dirtier version of Eisner's A Contract with God. Of what I've seen, this is Bakshi's most effective film AND best animation by a country mile. He doesn't go for splashy playful shots of cartoons running around live sets, but has, like, a live-action rear projection out the windows of a cartoon cab. It has a cool vibe, like the city's always changing. That said, the final zoom in Union Square suggests that Bakshi could've been a pretty good live-action filmmaker.
Fascinating in its experimental form, and as a sort of animated collage it works well. The quality of the animation is fine, and yet like other Bakshi stuff I've seen just drips sleaze and makes you feel a little dirty.
|Average Percentile 51.76% from 142 Ratings|