The film story revolves around a married couple, who are taking a road trip to kill the wife’s parents to get their money. This film was released after Godard Far From Vietnam documentary before the famous student riot started in Paris in 1968. Weekend is one of Godard most bizarre and radical nouvelle vague films, which acts like an unstoppable machine destroying many cinematic structure conventions and embracing the barbaric savagery towards capitalism and bourgeois society. At the beginning of the Weekend, we see titled blue letter on a black background A FILM FOUND ON A SCRAP-HEAD, which reveals Godard rebellious and arrogant side, that he can trash celluloid with the same disgust as he does capitalism and any hope for the future. This movie contains one of the most legendary traffic scenes, which lasts for almost ten minutes.
Our main characters in this scene are a married couple, Corinne Durand and Roland Durand. The scene begins on a driveway in the middle of the country. The noise of car horns, which carries on through the whole scene makes this traffic jam unbearable for a viewer. We truly feel stuck in this car jam with rest of slow-moving cars. In their black Facel car, Corinne and Roland are ignoring the rest of mobiles and are cutting through the road trying to get ahead. We are witnessing some of the car passengers, who are trying to entertain themselves by playing chess on the middle of the road, playing the ball through the roof of the automobile and playing with the monkeys and lions, who are in the cage on a back of a pickup car. Roland is carrying on by driving and skipping the queue, which angers the drivers and they start to shout and swear at the couple. Corinne is hiding in the car, while Roland is driving and throwing his fist in the air at them.
As he passes by a Peugeot, 2CV, menagerie and other automobiles we see a car flipped upside down on the side road, kids are next to it playing and singing, ignoring the accident. Camera tracks past traffic jam a yellow Shell tank enter the frame and we hear music accompanied by car horns. The sound of the horns resumes and Roland manages to get on a free road, which is surrounded by multiple smashed cars. We see blood on the driveway, dead bodies are lying in the ditch, including a child. It’s a bloody scene, but all the passengers disregard this incident and move on, including Corinne and Roland, who take a right turn off the main road into the fields.
The traffic jam shows Godard strong political stance and criticises bourgeois society as greedy, ignorant society, but at the same time it also a representation of Godard indecision. Society stagnation and capitalism it is Godard reflection on himself. Staged as a poetic satire and Godard is distorting the narrative, almost putting it in a farce category of a genre and removing all the aspects from mis-en-scene are far from reality as possible. The static camera movements in this scene he distancing himself from the The downfall of Western Europeans under the USA. Consumerism and Capitalism in society.We achieve in reality only through death when talking about war. The dead bodies symbolize, the freedom, money, and power always comes at a price, which is a price of lives of who and when.
I this case is going to Civil Rights Movement and theory of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, that freedom only comes at cost of death and violence. However, it can also be interpreted as in the hands of politicians, intelligence, and the bourgeoisie, despite education, the barbarian route is the one taken mostly. History then, history now.set in this Pauline Kael points out that Godard Weekend even this film being deeply flawed, that this movie provides more depth than any of The static camera movement panning from left to right distancing and moving independently from the characters. The usual discontinuity and jump-cutting leave the frame bare and the only interference in the shot is horns of the cars.For artist involved in politics it’s a feeling of guilt and at the same time selfishness of own persona that he is unable to be part of Revolution or join the Vietnam war as he is alienated from working class people for that reason he speaks of it in his films as the only way to participate and to attract lower class and judge his own surrounding of bourgeois as he wishes to be an artist – own persona persona.
Can we move forward? Traffic jam representation of Godard indecision. Society stagnation and capitalism it is Godard own reflection on himself. A constant reminder that it is a movie, he won’t let us forget that we are in a film. In Breathless traffic jam was represented from the inside of the car and out.
In the Weekend Godard distances himself as far away and is no longer interested in his characters and disengages from them. We see the new relationship that he has developed towards his story and cinema. His authorship, however, remains and is forced on us even stronger than before, delivering a strong and radical message about politics, the death of cinema and hopelessness of humankind. His fights for directors rights as an auteur of the film are no longer important to him as he mocks the criticism in Weekend by showing one of many title cards in the film – ANAL-YSE. Being part of Cahiers Du Cinema back in the 60’s he is distancing himself from the past, showing the film WEEKEND as the unbearable and bizarre road trip for his audience and trying to eliminate all that we knew Godard for before.
This attempt with new stand as a Marxist-Leninist, in the film we see the killing of kids, women, and men. By end of it, they turn into meat. From bizarre road film, we are moved to hippy filled cannibalism community, Godard is making a strong statement that all the humans are good for is to consume and to be consumed. He distances himself from commercial cinema, by declaring an end to cinema He drags the women with him to prolong his kind. Bourgeois behaviors.
A dystopian world, where greed, money still has power, even when people are carrying guns, it’s like a world end, when everyone is torturing each other with the car horn and we are still in the rush. The downfall of Western Europeans in the USA. Consumerism and Capitalism in society.
We achieve in reality only through death when talking about war. The dead bodies symbolize, the freedom, money, and power always comes at a price, which is a price of lives of who and when. I this case is going to Civil Rights Movement and theory of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, that freedom only comes at cost of death and violence. However, it can also be interpreted as in the hands of politicians, intelligence, and the bourgeoisie, despite education, the barbarian route is the one taken mostly. History then, history now.Butchering his own À bout de souffle (1960) film following 1968 May events in Paris, a protest by students and workers. One of the scenes in Week End, we see Patricia (Jean Seberg) look alike in the car covered in blood, she is dead and she is still.
Just like the traffic jam, which doesn’t move, so is she. Scene and the film talks about very real and present issues and going very political but at the same time distorting the narrative, almost putting it in a farce category of genre and removing all the aspects from mis-en-scene as far from reality of events as possible, while exploring a very real history, society and culture events.An audience has to do something, for Godard he always has an expectation for the audience. Watching it now, it has reached the power of predictions of the future politics and truth that will follow. Post Paris 1968 revolution, hippy movement, the release of Easy Rider, end of Vietnam War, that too much hope was put on next generation and this traffic jam is a reflection, that we will be standing in it for some time more.