Weekend (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Weekend marks Godard's nearly-formal break with "bourgeois film-making," i.e., film-making which has as its sole criteria to "entertain" (as in escapism), to engage in linear story-telling, and to reinforce film cliches, formulas, and all the trappings of popular western (and especially American) film-making.
In the movie, the audience witnesses the collapse of the narrative, the disintegration of formal film technique, and--more literally--the degeneration of western civilization. A ten-minute-long traffic jam, the barbarism of pig slaughters and corpses littering the countryside, and the unsympathetic characterizations of the bourgeois couple on whom the film centers (if it does indeed have a center) have not been filmed to entertain, to comfort, or to lull the audience, but to provoke thought, to engage actively, and--quite possibly--to enrage actively as well.
Arriving at a conclusion, being "pretty" or emotional, or arranging details tidily would defeat the purpose of Weekend, which is to illustrate incoherence, savagery, and decline. And, in this regard, perhaps no film has better tampered with the status quo of film-making than Godard's Weekend has.
Also, it must be remembered that Weekend is a reflection, to a great deal, of the turbulence of the sixties, and in particular the student protests in Paris in 1968.Read more ›
Week-End is one of the defining films of the 20th Century. Born out of the nouvelle vague cinema (French New Wave), this is the terrible birth that is brought to light from J.L.Godard's obsession with prophesising the destruction and decline of the West. Even after taking into account his overt political messages, Weekend still exist as one of the most technically revolutionary pieces of cinema to emerge from his studios into a blinding glare of publicity and hostility.
Not content with depicting the destruction of western commercial values, Godard disrupts the visual narrative by interspersing film titles, book titles and music onto a background of patriotic red, white and blue colours. From a personal perspective, one of the most impressive sequences is an eight minute long tracking-shot of the Parisian highway which progresses from straightforward traffic jams to car-wrecks and the inevitable symbol of multinational Capitalism, a Shell oil truck. Essentially Week-End marks the 'Maoist period' of Godard's film-making career, during which he declared that 'the only way to be a revolutionary intellectual is to give up being an intellectual.'
Starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, Week-End's fabular narrative is a weekend journey from Paris to Normandy which slowly becomes an apocalyptic struggle against the French peasant revolutionaries who continually intervene to prevent the couple meeting Darc's mother in order to find out whether they have successfully poisoned her father.Read more ›
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This was made almost 50 years ago, I can't imagine how shocking it was at that time, but unfortunately it is now a not so hyperbolic depiction of life in contemporary West Europe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Conder
Really appreciated the extras. Highly political and edgy as I would expect from the leader of the New Wave.Published 5 months ago by RealEyesRealizeRealLies
This is pretty dark/ anarchic movie. Knowing it was from Jean-Luc Godard, I should not have been surprised. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. J. Rollins
Some parts were funny, most of it was tedious and drawn out. First scenes of man and woman talking were BORING. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Barbara
TOP NOTCH ALL THE WAY!!! GREAT STUFF!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++++++++Published on December 14, 2013 by David
Jean Luc Godard has made many pictures for us. "Weekend" stands alone (is that possible?) amongst Godard's flicks. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Richard Faust
godard's bunuellian take on rich french families taking a weekend in the country. the scene with a young marxist couple crashing up against the rural mindset and a big tractor is... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by kent clark
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