Moviedrome Mondays: Weekend (1967)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing legendary French New Wave veteran filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 surrealist black comedy masterpiece Weekend, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 19, 1993 (read here). Since I love all of Godard’s films, it will probably not surprise any of my loyal readers to know that Weekend ranks for me as one of his many great films. Cox hits the nail on the head when he described it as his most Bunuelian film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Jean-Luc Godard films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s French trailer

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s US trailer

11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Weekend (1967)

  1. That is one crazy film! I saw it in London at the NFT, and I was only about 17 at the time. I have never seen it since, but I remember the weirdness still.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Your notion that “Weekend is one of Godard’s more accessible films” is a little misleading when compared to Breathless and even Contempt, but If you are talking about his work beyond the 1960’s, than yes, you are correct about it being one of his more “accessible films”. Standing on it’s own though, Weekend is anything but accessible πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  3. Alex Cox hit the nail on the head when he implied that it was Godard’s “most Bunuellian film” πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  4. Well, I’m always a sucker for black comedy. It’s my favorite. Take Dr. Strangelove, for instance.

  5. “I was actually agreeing with you John that Week-end is a surrealist classic and, like Breathless, actually very watchable with many challenging but thought-provoking scenes.”

    To Paul: Oh no, I knew that you agreed with me on that πŸ™‚ I think I was basing it on whether Weekend should be a viewer’s introduction to Jean-Luc Godard or Breathless? The reason I suggested the latter was because the former may seem too nonlinear for the average viewer πŸ™‚

  6. Can’t go wrong with Dr. Strangelove either πŸ™‚ Nevertheless, Weekend is also a surrealistic and If you dig that, Weekend should be right up your alley πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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