Weekend (1967 film)

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Week-end
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Film poster
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Written by Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Mireille Darc
Jean Yanne
Music by Antoine Duhamel
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Editing by Agnès Guillemot
Distributed by Athos Films
Release dates
  • 29 December 1967 (1967-12-29)
Running time 105 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $250,000 (estimated)

Weekend (French: Week-end) is a 1967 black comedy[1][2] film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, both of whom were mainstream French TV stars. Jean-Pierre Léaud, iconic comic star of numerous French New Wave films including Truffaut's Les Quatre Cent Coups (The Four Hundred Blows) and Godard's earlier Masculin, féminin, also appears in two roles. Raoul Coutard served as cinematographer.

The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival in 1968.[3][4]

According to a letter from the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar to his translator Suzanne Jill Levine, the indirect inspiration for the movie was Cortázar's short story "The Southern Thruway." Cortázar explained that while a British producer was considering filming his story, a third party presented the idea to Godard, who was unaware of its source. Because he had had no input on the making of the film, Cortázar vetoed the suggestion to translate the story's title as "Week-End" to take advantage of the tie-in.[5]

Plot[edit]

We follow bourgeois French married couple, Roland (Jean Yanne) and Corinne (Mireille Darc); each has a secret lover and each is planning the other's murder. They set out by car for Corinne's parents' home in the country to secure her inheritance from her dying father, if necessary by murdering him.

The trip becomes a chaotically picaresque journey through a French countryside populated by bizarre characters and punctuated by violent car accidents. After their own car is destroyed, the characters wander through a series of vignettes involving class struggle and figures from literature and history, creating an overall impression of a humorous and beautiful but also senseless and frightening world.

Corinne and Roland eventually arrive at her parents' place, only to find that her father has died and her mother is refusing them a share of the spoils. They kill her and set off on the road again, only to fall into the hands of a group of hippie revolutionaries supporting themselves through theft and cannibalism, in whose encampment the film ends.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week End: Jean-Luc Godard". metalasylum.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Week End (1967): Review". movie-gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ "18th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Awards for Weekend". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ Cortázar, Julio. Cartas (2012) tomo 4 p.292.

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