Wind From the East


1h 32m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Godard takes an excursion into Marxist semantics and creates a film that is essentially about filmmakers discussing how to make a political film.

Film Details

Also Known As
East wind, Le vent d'est, Vento dell'est, Wind von osten
Release Date
Nov 1970
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Anouchka Films; CCC--Filmkunst; Polifilm
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema
Country
France
Location
DePaolis Studios, Italy; Elios Studios, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

The film opens with a group of Third World filmmakers producing a Marxist Western. The actors read lines condemning a bourgeois society which parallels contemporary America. The filmmakers stop their activity and begin a discussion of political cinema, the director's own work, and other related topics. As the filmmaking resumes, the Indians suddenly rise up from pretending to be dead and eliminate their oppressors.

Film Details

Also Known As
East wind, Le vent d'est, Vento dell'est, Wind von osten
Release Date
Nov 1970
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Anouchka Films; CCC--Filmkunst; Polifilm
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema
Country
France
Location
DePaolis Studios, Italy; Elios Studios, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Italy in 1969. French title: Le vent d'est; Italian title: Vento dell'est; German title: Wind von Osten. Alternative U. S. title: East Wind.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1969

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a leading figure in France's 1968 riots left the film before shooting due to creative differences, but his name still appears in the credits.

Shown at 1970 Cannes Film Festival.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 11, 1970.

Shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England as part of a special two-month program dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard, June 1 - July 31, 2001.

16mm and 35mm blowup

c Eastmancolor

3420 feet (16mm)

subtitled

Film made by the Dziga-Vertov Group.

Producer Barcelloni hired Godard to make a western in the style of Leone's films, but Godard somehow pulled out a great deception.

Shot in May 1969.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1969