Heavy Traffic

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4, 2024

HEAVY TRAFFIC is a 1973 American animated film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film, which begins, ends, and occasionally combines with live-action, explores the often surreal fantasies of a young New York cartoonist named Michael Corleone, using pinball imagery as a metaphor for inner-city life. HEAVY TRAFFIC was Bakshi and producer Steve Krantz’s follow-up to the successful but controversial film FRITZ THE CAT, the first animated feature to receive an X rating.

Though producer Krantz made varied attempts to produce an R-rated film, HEAVY TRAFFIC was given an X-rating by the MPAA.  It received positive reviews and is widely considered to be Bakshi’s biggest critical success.

Tickets available Monday, July 29

Screening as part of our new Ralph Bakshi midnight series Ralph Bakshi: Outside the Lines

  • Country USA
  • Year 1973
  • Running Time 77 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Park Circus
  • Director Ralph Bakshi
  • Cast Joseph Kaufmann, Terri Haven, Beverly Hope Atkinson
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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