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Le Vent d'Est (1970)

Le vent d'est (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 August 1970 (France)
A filmic essay on class struggle which draws on images from westerns but has no plot and is both an experiment in making a revolutionary film and an interrogation of how successfully such a film can be revolutionary.

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Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard (uncredited) | 2 more credits »
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Gian Maria Volontè ... Le ranger nordiste
Anne Wiazemsky ... La révolutionnaire
Cristiana Tullio-Altan ... La jeune bourgeoise
Allen Midgette ... L'Indien
José Varela José Varela ... La guide
Paolo Pozzesi Paolo Pozzesi ... Délégué révisionniste
Götz George ... Soldat
Glauber Rocha
Fabio Garriba Fabio Garriba
Enzo Porcelli Enzo Porcelli ... (as Vincenzo Porcelli)
Milvia Deanna Frosini Milvia Deanna Frosini
Mario Jannilli Mario Jannilli
Federico Boido ... (as Ryck Boyd)
Aldo Bixio Aldo Bixio
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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A filmic essay on class struggle which draws on images from westerns but has no plot and is both an experiment in making a revolutionary film and an interrogation of how successfully such a film can be revolutionary.

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Referenced in Godard in America (1970) See more »

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A truly wretched, nausea-inducing waste of film
9 September 2001 | by davidemartinSee all my reviews

You know those "worst films of all time" lists? This one tops my list!

How to describe it? The film is a long pointless diatribe against the West and an endorsement of French Communism. The film supposedly illustrates crimes against society committed by the west but the acting (and costuming) looked like a Haight Ashbury Summer'o'Love stock production.

The film is very grainy. Apparently Godard shot it on 8mm film. His disciples then blew it up to 35mm for its extremely limited arthouse release. The copy I suffered through had been shrunk back to 16mm (the format for rental films).

Oh, and the narration? Godard's diatribe is delivered by a somewhat bored Frenchman. That was bad enough but Godard's disciples had added an English-speaking female narrator to make the politics accessible to western audiences. The problem was, Godard refused to let them delete the French voicetrack! So.... for two wretched hours, the French and English narrations go on SIMULTANEOUSLY! Add to this the lousy acting, minimal production, and grainy film and you have EXCEDERIN HEADACHE #1.


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Language:

French

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19 August 1970 (France) See more »

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