It's most infamous sequence is a staged traffic jam, filmed in one achingly monotonous take, only interrupted by intertitles exhorting us to analyse what we are seeing (1). It is perhaps the best metaphor for individualistic, consumer society one the edge of catastrophe ever filmed.
Now, however, reality has surpassed Godard's vision of Hell-as-a-traffic-jam:
A 100km long traffic jam in China has entered its ninth day and drivers are being warned the bottleneck could continue for a month.Good, and indeed, grief.
Hundreds of trucks heading for Beijing on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital.
Small traffic accidents or broken-down cars are aggravating the congestion which started on August 14. (2)
1 - "Traffic scene from the film Weekend," posted on You tube by rfid4dna, 3rd of June 2007. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC9d9rxjuhg)
2 - "Going Nowhere: Traffic Jam Enters Ninth Day," unattributed report. Published by Sky News, 23rd of August, 2010. (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100823/twl-going-nowhere-traffic-jam-enters-nin-3fd0ae9.html)