Film - Feature | August 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Godard brilliantly and satirically depicts the horrors of bourgeois ideology in this, his most Buñuelian film; Lage dor meets Road Warrior in the spectacle of Parisians fighting for their weekend leisure. Weekend is an explosion of images and ideas screeching toward a car wreck of a plot, along the way shattering all illusions of fiction or comfortable art. Here we see une femme mariéeMireille Darcromping through car-nage and forest in her Paris fashions, throwing a tantrum over the loss of her Hermès handbag in a bloody auto wreck, confronting the Maoists of La Chinoise, who themselves have evolved beyond summer-vacation theorizing. Just after the fiery crash, enter Jean-Pierre Léaud, dressed as St. Just and calmly reading the latters revolutionary prose, one of many such well-placed anomalies. What a lousy film; all we meet are crazy people, says Emily Brontë to Tom Thumb. This isnt a novel, the other replies, its a film. A film is life.
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