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Weekend [1967] [DVD]

Mireille Darc , Jean Yanne , Jean-Luc Godard    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,852 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A bickering, scheming bourgeois couple leave Paris for the French countryside to claim an inheritance by nefarious means. Almost immediately, they become entangled in a cataclysmic traffic jam, which is just the beginning of a journey fraught with violent and dangerous encounters: rape, murder, pillage and even cannibalism. Famed for its virtuoso cinematography - including a stunning ten minute tracking shot - Godard s dystopian road movie is a ferocious attack on consumerism.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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." SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Weekend (1967) ( Le week-end ) ( Week end, un uomo e una donna dal sabato alla domenica )

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Weekend 1 Mar 2005
By S. Kidd
Format:DVD
I must say that this is one of the funniest and most disturbing films I've seen in a while.
I got my Jean Luc Goddard film "Weekend" and boy I wasn't disapointed - it's at times disorganised chaos and at times it is almost like a series of films within a film.
There's canabalism, murder, revolutionary speak, road rage, neighbour rage, child rage, a pig killing, political monologs that boggled my brain, a 3 mile or 20 minute plus single take tracking shot (one of the best bits), Death of a goose, rape, over 10,000 degree (in 1 take) tracking shot, disembowelment, the statement : "When Roland drives your Father home from the clinic... it would be nice if they both died in an accident.", a chess game.
I recomend this to anyone with an open mind that leans towards the surrealist avant-garde.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real Bonfire of the Vanities 30 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fight Club wasn't the first movie to take on consumer culture. Godard's last narrative film of the 1960s is a harsh, at times unenjoyable, but always radical and challenging tale of a society mad for money and indifferent to suffering. Turning the usual young-lovers-on-the-run plot used by Godard in Pierrot le Fou and hinted at in A Bout de Souffle, Le Week-End has two lovers who hate each other rushing to the countryside to fight over an inheritance. If the road in classic young lovers' tales - like the contemporaneous Bonnie and Clyde - symbolised freedom, here, cluttered up with wreckage, the road is just another part of a culture where anxieites are bottled up during the week, and let out at the weekend, with violent results. Trademark Godardian intertitles abound, and this film is about as didactic as it gets. Anti-Vietnam slogans may not be contemporaneous, but this film, as an indictment of the new world order, and of consumerism, is more modern than anything currently in cinemas. A classic that's hard to love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to see again and again 29 Jan 2005
By digit
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I first saw this aged 17 late night on TV, sound turned down so my parents wouldn't come down and send me to bed. Unfortunately, TV doesn't show films like this any more (not that there are any others) so today's teenagers will mostly miss the opportunity to feel shocked and affronted in the manner of a middle aged vicar. What's difficult is that it's not just viscerally unpleasant but frequently dull and constantly carries an aura of threat that seems to be directed at you the viewer, something along the lines of 'When the revolution comes, you'll be first up against the wall, you bourgeois pig.' - a still pertinent message, though not one we get to hear so much these days. Having decided he doesn't care what you think (an early onscreen text reads 'A film found on a scrapheap'), Godard can do anything he wants and does, resulting in one of the most visually inventive films of all time. There are musical sequences, figures from history and literature, long political disquisitions, virtuoso tracking shots, gunfights, miracles, readings from children's books, random onscreen texts and, as a defining motif, car crashes. After you get past the essentially superstitious feeling that the film is actually threatening to your life, there's really so very much to enjoy. Give yourself a very special treat.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The "king" is naked 11 May 2013
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I read somewhere that Salvador Dali once said to some journalist: "Do you know why I am so rich? Because there are so many stupid people in the world!". This is the case with the most of J.L.Godard's "art" outcome (which though never comes even close to what the famous spanish artist did). While some of his earlier efforts (A Bout de Suffle, Mepris, Vivre Sa Vie, Bande a Part) were inovative, interesting and (the most important!) watchable, quite everything what he did after approx. 1966 is boringly pretentious, uninteresting and totally unwatchable crap.The same can be said about "Weekend". It's a poor leftist political masturbation mixed with foolish experimenting and cruel exploitation, having nothing to do with art.J.L.Godard should be the last one to complain about bourgeausie in the western world. His luck that he wasn't born in Maoist China or in Stalinist Russia. I think his political and artistical "bravery" would have been much more modest there, if any at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, intelligent, powerful film... 14 Aug 2014
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One of the most essential, challenging, brave and provocative films ever made from the legend French director. This can be difficult to watch, confusing, bizarre, but actually a very intelligent, engaging film about consumerism, politics, society and still very relevant ever since it was made decades ago now.
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Never seen a Godard film, and I'm not sure this was the wisest film to start on. Still I'm glad I saw it. Form and genre are the playthings of Godard, whereby Week End is invigoratingly unexpected. Cannibalism, musical numbers, poetry and politics are just some of the directions that this undefinable number darts off in. The upshots of that scatter-shot approach is the film can be boring just as often as it can be thrilling.

More traditional qualities of film making are editing and cinematography. The editing is as impressively complex as the film itself and the photography is the stuff of legend. The four stars are entirely nominal, the truth is that I genuinely don't know what I think about Week End, it simply doesn't give opportunity to easily formed opinions. As such, I don't really know what to think about Godard... yet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful dialogue, awful pacing, but not awfully clever
I am a fan of international cinema and bought this because it had received such positive reviews.

Sadly they were off by a mile. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Matheson
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear !
A film should first of all entertain, anything above and beyond that is a bonus. However if a film doesn't entertain, then as far as I'm concerned it's failed its prime directive. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Newman
1.0 out of 5 stars As much pleasure as an actual car crash....
Despite having a cleverly conceived and infamous 8 minute continuous take of the traffic jam from hell, I simply find this film plain nasty. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Various nefarious
Weekend (J.-L. Godard), F 1967
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... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by mickey_one
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan's critique on Le Weekend- Jean-Luc Godard:
Alan's personal critique on Le Weekend- Jean-Luc Godard: Reality in art can never be unmediated, therefore like the Heisenberg's theory of quantum mechanics (the realization of the... Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by Alan - The Redpath
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important films ever made -- Why no blu-ray?!!
Week-End is, of course, one of the most important films in film history.

It is truly incredible that no really good quality Blu-Ray is available. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Note Godard's title
Godard's most approachable and enjoyable film tells the hilarious story of how a Parisian couple spend their weekend. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2009 by Alan Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie of Revolution
I think that the other commentators have failed to fully understand the movie. I believe that it is a metaphor for the collapse of bourgeois (capitalist) society and works by... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2006 by donaloc
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining beginning becomes dwarfed by relentless polemic
'hmmmmm, now this is bizarre'. My thoughts exactly after watching this film. The non-existent conventions, the rambling monologues, the bitter and vitriolic characters, the... Read more
Published on 5 April 2006 by H. Feddern
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird as Hell
After watching "Weekend" twice I can only conclude that this film is Godard's personal vision of Hell. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2005 by L. Davidson
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