Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Buñuel enjoyed an ardent misanthropic duel in the '60s and '70s, but who won is anyone's call. Godard's Weekend lays down the trump in a harrowing and darkly funny allegory in which social mores fray along political lines. Played out in a metafilm in which characters question their own reality, a morally bankrupt Parisian couple tries to leave the city on a much-loathed country holiday with the wife's parents. Along the way, endless traffic jams, sudden violence, and vistas of gory car crashes underscore their corrupted values. Their lethal encounter with the in-laws and kidnap by an anarchic band of radical cannibals finds the couple--and presumably "decent" society with them--reverting to a nasty primitivism. The idea is of course that the bored, apathetic heart of the bourgeoisie is never far from acting out its most homicidal fantasies. --Alan E. Rapp
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The film also includes some special features, including a commentary by critic David Sterritt, an interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard, and a Mike Riggis interview about his views on the film.
When Corinne and Roland hit the road in their flashy Facel Vega to kill Corinne's parents (secretly planning to kill the other later) they run among others into an endless traffic jam and a guerilla to witness the end of civilization. Godard's last traditional movie until 1980 is a Cassandra against uninhibited materialism and future Pol Pots.
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... and BLU it did go:
- RC A:
Weekend (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray
- RC B: (comment applies to: Gaumont BD, ASIN: B00XLIMS5I; Spanish import)
This BD has two audio dubs:
- orig. French version with FORCED Spanish subtitles
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1 (orig.)
Ce BD contient deux versions audio
- VO française
Malheureusement, avec VO française, les sous-titres espagnol sont incrustés!
Qualité d'image: 7/10
Format: 1.66:1 (orig.)
And this Criterion Release comes with a lot of zany explanatory material for those of us who don't speak Marx, so everyone ought to "get it" eventually.
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