Jan 8, 2009

Week End

Going back to movies again, just finished watching Godard's highly political "Week End" (1967). It's a full blown a rant on the bourgeoisie of 1960s France (take out those history books!). Mirelle Darc and Jean Yanne play Parisian couple Corrine and Roland, on a mission to change Corrine's father's will before her mother gets a chance to keep most of the inheritance money. The couple have a haphazard and crazy adventure through the countryside on their way to see Corinne's father before he dies. They encounter cannibals, Emily Brontë, crashed cars, a magician, and more dilemmas on their journey.
It's really a collection of symbolism, funny and interesting dialogue, and Godard's love for primary colors. In Week End there's an infamous traffic jam scene that's basically never ending where people are picnicking on the streets and the children are playing. My favorite line in the film is a woman crying beside a car crash, screaming helplessly, "My Hermés handbag!" He really put a lot of his artistic energy here.
Mirelle Darc gets caught in the countryside by a hippie cannibal.
Godard once said that "The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.", and in Week End, I must warn you there is some animal cruelty and terrifying scenes (but how terrifying can fake blood be?), but it all has a purpose. Overall, he just wanted to create discussion, and he wanted to see people debate on the millions of issues in this film. So if you hate it or love it, that's what he wanted in cinema.
For next time, I'm thinking about watching François Truffaut's "Les Quatre Cents Coups" (The 400 Blows) starring a really young Jean-Pierre Léaud, and I'll promise you it's not political this time.

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