- WIDESCREEN ASPECT RATIO
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 28, 2005
- Originally Released: 1967
- Label: New Yorker Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: David Starriti
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Biographies: Jean Luc Godard
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/05/1997
"...Its generally considered Godard's best film..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2005
"This bravura satire about a bourgeois couple adrift in an apocalyptical France shows Godard on peak form."
Uncut - 06/01/2005
"[I]t remains as shocking as Godard first intended."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/09/2005
The master of the French New Wave indicts consumerism and elaborates on his personal vision of Hell with this raucous, biting satire. A nasty, scheming bourgeois Parisian couple embarks on a journey through the countryside to her father's house, where they pray for his death and a subsequent inheritance. Their trip is at first delayed, and later it is distracted by several outrageous events and characters including an apocalyptic traffic jam, a group of fictional philosophers, a couple of violent carjackers, and eventually, a gross display of cannibalism. By the time the film concludes, their seemingly simple journey has deteriorated into a freewheeling philosophical diatribe that leaves no topic unscathed. With WEEKEND, Jean-Luc Godard reaches an impressive plateau of film originality, incorporating inter-titles, extended tracking shots, and music to add an entirely new grammar to film language. The result is a deeply challenging work that will most certainly invigorate some viewers just as much as it will as frustrate others. Standout highlights include a jarring, sexually graphic opening monologue shot with a roaming camera and blaring musical accompaniment, and the infamous traffic jam scene, where an endless parade of cars sit bumper to bumper amidst burning cars, picnics, and honking horns. The work of a true artist and pioneer, Godard's WEEKEND is a landmark film that hasn't aged or lessened in impact over time.
- Theatrical release: September 27, 1968.
- Shot on location in and around Paris, France.
- The titles preceeding the film's opening credits read: "A film adrift in the cosmos" and "A film found on a dump."