Weekend

Weekend

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

     
 

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French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's Le Weekend remains his most consistently relentless attack on the bourgeois values of his own country and the perceived imperialism of the United States. Mireille Darc plays the central character, an "average" woman who is systematically radicalized during a weekend motor trip. No sooner have the woman and her husband (JeanSee more details below

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Overview

French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's Le Weekend remains his most consistently relentless attack on the bourgeois values of his own country and the perceived imperialism of the United States. Mireille Darc plays the central character, an "average" woman who is systematically radicalized during a weekend motor trip. No sooner have the woman and her husband (Jean Yanne) embarked on their journey than they become enmeshed in the mother of all traffic jams. The motorists rave, rant, burn, rape, murder, pillage and even descend into cannibalism -- all of which is treated by Godard as a natural progression of events. The prevalent theory that Jean-Luc Godard had intended Weekend as the apotheosis of his career is bolstered by the film's last two titles: "End of Film." "End of Cinema."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Jean-Luc Godard's vision of a bourgeois apocalypse, Weekend savages consumer society and gleefully deconstructs narrative. A typical middle-class couple's casual sojourn into the country lands them in the most nightmarish traffic jam in history. In a single, 10-minute long dolly shot, Godard reveals a seemingly interminable snarl of smashed and burning cars, bored motorists, and dead bodies. The couple then finds themselves mixed up with a band of forest-dwelling Maoists who rape, loot, and cannibalize. As in much of Godard's late 1960s work, a plot summary only hints at the film's rebellious absurdity. Constructed as a series of digressions, the film shatters all cinematic conventions. Characters directly address the camera (at one point, the male protagonist complains to the audience about how ludicrous the film is, at another an African garbage collector with no obvious connection to the film speaks his mind to an off-camera interviewer); music wells up at inappropriate times only to stop suddenly; and the camera spins and moves without any respect for traditional cinema space. Although the film is dated by its valorization of the once-fashionable ideology of Maoism, its cathartic chaos and experimental style still make Weekend a wicked romp for the cinematically adventurous.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
UPC:
0715515101417
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
28,739

Special Features

New digital restoration; New video essay by writer and filmmaker Kent Jones; Archival interviews with actors Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, cinematographer Raoul Coutard, and assistant director Claude Miller; Excerpt from a French television program on director Jean-Luc Godard, featuring on-set footage from Weekend shot by filmmaker Philippe Garrel; Trailers; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic and novelist Gary Indiana, selections from Alain Bergala's book Godard au travail: les anneés 60, and an excerpt from a 1969 interview with Godard

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mireille Darc Corinne
Jean Yanne Roland
Jean-Pierre Kalfon Leader of the FLSO
Valerie Lagrange His Moll
Jean-Pierre Léaud Man in the Phone Booth,Saint Just
Jean Eustache Hitchhiker
Paul Gégauff pianist
Ernest Menzer Cook
Yves Alfonso Gros Poncet
Georges Staquet Tractor Driver
Anne Wiazemsky Girl in Farmyard/Member of FLSO
Juliet Berto Girl in Car Crash/Mcmber of FLSO
Jean-Claude Guilbert Tramp
Yves Afonso Tom Thumb
Yves Beneyton Member of the FLSO
Blandine Jeanson Emily Bronte,Girl in Farmyard
Daniel Pommereulle Joseph Balsamo
Laszlo Szabo Arab speaking for his black brother
Virginie Vignon Marie-Madeleine

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Antoine Duhamel Score Composer
Agnès Guillemot Editor
René Levert Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Weekend
1. Corinne and Roland Durand [4:21]
2. Analysis [9:26]
3. Scene of Parisian Life [2:20]
4. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. [7:53]
5. The Class Struggle [4:45]
6. The Exterminating Angel [7:41]
7. "My Hermès Handbag!" [1:30]
8. From the French Revlution [5:36]
9. Lewis Carroll's Way [7:11]
10. "The Most Ignorant of All" [2:20]
11. Musical Action [7:36]
12. "Screwed by Mao or Johnson" [5:50]
13. World 3 [7:17]
14. The West [4:04]
15. Scene of Provincial Life [3:21]
16. FLSO [6:24]
17. "Battleship Potemkin. Over." [2:31]
18. August, September, and October [8:16]
19. "An Unhappy Ending" [5:29]
20. Color Bars [:00]

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