Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WEEK END

I love this sequence, one of the longest single pan shots in cinema history. A parade of anarchy.
The movie is Week End by Jean Luc Goddard made in 1967. It is admittedly, for anyone who wants a film with a traditional narrative, difficult. But, I have always loved this film. As Goddard said at the time, "Films can have a beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in that order".  There is no hero, there are only villains. The biggest villain is bourgeoise reality. The banality of of reality. Boring, corruptly normal humans set out for a week end get away. Things break down. Society dissolves into a traffic jam. All shit breaks loose and it's tragically hilarious and scathingly critical....
This film was released on DVD this week and is playing in a remastered version in the USA. One of my fave films of all time.

1 comment:

Raphael Dubois said...

an infamous slice of cinema, thank you, and indeed as frank z. and mthrs pondered who indeed are the brain police, and are the astral motorcycle gangs working for them?