Traffic Jam (film)

Traffic Jam (Italian: L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile) is a 1979 Italian satirical comedy-drama film directed by Luigi Comencini.[1] It was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Traffic Jam
Film poster
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Produced byAnna Maria Clementelli
Silvio Clementelli
Michael Fengler
Written byLuigi Comencini
Ruggero Maccari
Bernardino Zapponi
Music byFiorenzo Carpi
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12)
Running time
121 minutes


In a main thoroughfare on the outskirts of Rome, thousands of motorists are stuck in terrible traffic jam for twenty-four hours. In a stretch of road there is a variety of characters whose behaviour becomes strange. There is a selfish and hypocritical entrepreneur in a luxury car; a young hippie girl harassed and then raped by some dandies and a family from Naples on the way to Rome to abort their daughter.

The day the traffic jam clears, the entrepreneur hires the girl from Naples for a record company in exchange for a sexual service. The girl is raped and then comforted by a man who wants to avenge her but then gives up. The rapists leave quietly once more.



  1. "NY Times: Traffic Jam". NY Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Traffic Jam". Retrieved 24 May 2009.
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