Wind From the East
DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
CAST: ANNE WIAZEMSKY, VANESSA REDGRAVE, GLAUBER ROCHA, JEAN-LUC GODARD
Conceived as a sort-of leftist spaghetti western inspired by an idea from student radical Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Wind from the East decisively changed direction after the shoot with actor Gian-Maria Volonté fell to pieces. Godard invited the young Gorin, then recovering from a motorcycle accident, to help him pick up the fragments in the editing room, and working together they transformed a potentially conventional film about an executive being kidnapped by strikers into a structurally-challenging kino-fist haymaker, ending with a veritable tutorial in the manufacture of homemade weapons.
Screening as a part of our Dziga Vertov Group series.