Wind From The East

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

One of Godard's many excursions into Marxist cinema, this film began his association with Gorin. Basically, it is about a group of filmmakers and actors trying to make political films. It barely resembles a western, much to the consternation of Italian producer Barcelloni, who received a promise from Godard that WIND FROM THE EAST would be along the lines...read more

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One of Godard's many excursions into Marxist cinema, this film began his association with Gorin. Basically, it is about a group of filmmakers and actors trying to make political films. It barely resembles a western, much to the consternation of Italian producer Barcelloni, who received a

promise from Godard that WIND FROM THE EAST would be along the lines of Sergio Leone's pictures. Anyone with a speck of knowledge about Godard would have realised that Barcelloni was indeed in for a surprise. Godard contacted Cohn-Bendit, a leading figure during France's 1968 political upheaval,

and proposed this project. Before long, Cohn-Bendit was no longer associated with the project due to creative disagreements (although he's listed in many cast lists, he does not appear in the film). Godard then began working with Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha, but this time political

differences had a positive effect on the film. WIND FROM THE EAST's most memorable scene has Rocha standing at a crossroads, meant to symbolize the directions that political cinema could take. He is approached by a pregnant woman who says, "Excuse me for interrupting your class struggle, but could

you please tell the way toward political cinema?" For the most part, WIND FROM THE EAST is unwatchable, even for die-hard Godard fans. There are, of course, some interesting moments, but all the Marxist-Maoist ideology that the film spouts comes across just as clearly (probably more so) on the

printed page. Godard's problem with political cinema is most apparent in WIND FROM THE EAST--his attempts to bring politics to the masses, to the common working man, are so intellectualized and unentertaining that he instead alienates all but his most radical followers.

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