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Arguably Jean-Luc Godard's greatest film, and certainly the most powerful and influential of his polemic works of the 1960s, Weekend is a film that still rewards careful study nearly 40 years after it premiered, and thankfully New Yorker Films has finally given it a long-overdue domestic release on DVD. Weekend was been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer is superb, and reproduces the ...
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Omar Diop, Lex De Bruijn, Michel Cournot, Mich?le Breton, Juliet Berto, Yves Beneyton, Yves Afonso, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Jean... 08/23/2005 DVD 1968 Run time: 105. BRAND NEW ... Amazing low price. Read more Show Less

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Arguably Jean-Luc Godard's greatest film, and certainly the most powerful and influential of his polemic works of the 1960s, Weekend is a film that still rewards careful study nearly 40 years after it premiered, and thankfully New Yorker Films has finally given it a long-overdue domestic release on DVD. Weekend was been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer is superb, and reproduces the depth of detail and carefully plotted color schemes of Raoul Coutard's cinematography with commendable accuracy. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, faithfully reproducing the picture's original single-channel sound mix; the dialogue is in French, with optional English-language subtitles, which are easy to read but sometimes translate the French slang into British vernacular, adding a bit of disconnect to the experience for American viewers. As a bonus, this edition of Weekend includes a lively and enthusiastic commentary track from film writer David Sterritt, as well as a short interview with Raoul Coutard on the production of the movie, and a talk with Mike Figgis who shares his thoughts about Weekend and Godard's body of work. If this isn't the ideal video edition of Weekend (if ever there was a film that would benefit from a director's audio commentary, this is it), it does offer a fine DVD rendition of the film, and makes this trail-blazing work readily available -- anyone with an interest in the French New Wave owes it to themselves to see this picture, and this is the strongest home-video release of Weekend to date.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by critic David Sterritt; Interview with Raoul Coutard; Mike Figgis on Weekend
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • UPC: 717119249540
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: New Yorker Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

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. That Would Be Lovely [:39]
2. True, or a Nightmare? [3:14]
3. The Bumper's Dented [9:07]
4. Traffic Jam [2:13]
5. The Class Struggle [7:31]
6. Run Them Down [4:33]
7. A Lift? [1:37]
8. Silence! [4:56]
9. My Hermés Handbag [:48]
10. Gold, Pride and Blood [1:24]
11. A Porsche Gearbox? [1:28]
12. These Twits are Dead [2:51]
13. The Lewis Carroll Way [1:02]
14. Raise Your Knees [6:53]
15. Melodic Tenderness [2:14]
16. Your Bird? [7:17]
17. Just One Mouthful [5:36]
18. The Three Elements [6:59]
19. The Hippopotamus [3:58]
20. The Perfect Crime [2:04]
21. Pretty Little Spot [1:48]
22. More Horror [:14]
23. Shootout [5:10]
24. A Bit More Later [10:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Weekend
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Extras
      Audio Commentary With David Sterritt
      Interview With Raoul Coutard
      Mike Figgis on Weekend
   Subtitles
      Subtitles On
      Subtitles Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    Genius!

    Goddard is a genius! Pay attention in the traffic jam scene, one great shot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Shows it's age

    Ever since I was a kid and had seen blurbs about it in movie books in the 70's, I had wanted to see this movie. Several years ago I found a video store in Manhattan that had it (Kim's). Soon after it started, I found it to be just plain silly. It mocked people in an exaggerated and ridiculous way. The car crash scenes were low budget and again, silly. But the one thing that really bothered me was the overt anti-semitic dialogue. It was probably very radical for it's time but looking at it now... it's just plain dumb.

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