Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Week-end #atozchallenge

Weekend (1967 film)
Weekend (1967 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      I'm going to take liberties the letter "X" for a film that could have easily been called "X".   French director Jean-Luc Godard's Week-end (1967) is a visionary surrealistic film steeped in revolutionary propaganda and leftist ideas.  This is another journey film in which the journey is so vague and incoherent that it may be off-putting to many.  I wouldn't recommend it to anyone other than serious students of film art or extremist fans of surrealistic dreamlike filmmaking.  

         I found it to be a rather unique viewing experience.  It's highly regarded by many cinephiles.  There are many political ideologies expressed as well as literary and film references.  The film is the sort of thing you'd expect to be of most interest  in liberal thinking university circles.

         This is among the most dreamlike films I've seen because of it's very loose storyline--almost a mere suggestion that there is a story without any real plot.  The characters go from one peculiar scene to the next with many making no sense.   The film is in French with subtitles and since there is a lot of talking about complex topics, following the dialogue can be rather tedious.  The main feature is in the visuals that are presented.   They might end up influencing your dreams after you've seen them.

          Have you seen Week-end?    Are you a fan of the New Wave movement of film making from the 1960's?    Do you enjoy watching films that are primarily visual in nature?

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  1. This doesn't sound like it'd be up my alley but I know a few people who'd probably like it.

  2. I don't know about this one. There are some French films that are SO out there and seem to have no purpose to them, but maybe this one is worth checking out!

  3. JoJo -- Judging from what I've gathered so far about your tastes you would hate this film

    Lisa -- If you like the arty stuff then this might be up your alley. I wasn't enjoying it at first, but as it went on I started appreciating it more. Not a film I'd want to watch repeatedly though.



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