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Les Carabiniers (1967)

Les Carabiniers




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Jean-Luc Godard directed this brutal and purposefully harsh satire (adapted from a play by Benjamino Joppolo) which explores the grim folly of war. Ulysses (Marino Masé) and Michel Ange (Albert Juross) are a pair of thickheaded peasants living in a nameless country who receive a visit from a pair of military recruiters informing them the king wants a favor of them. Impressed that the king regards them as friends, Ulysses and Michel Ange join the army and set out to see the world's battlefields, having been told they can claim any spoils as their own and live a lawless life on the nation's behalf. Ulysses and Michel Ange often write their equally dim girlfriends, Venus (Geneviève Galéa) and Cleopatre (Catherine Riberio), with tales of the places they've seen and the people they've killed, but when the soldiers return home, their women discover the riches they were promised are not quite what they imagined. Filmed and recorded in a deliberately harsh and murky style, Les Carabiniers (aka The Riflemen and The Soldiers) features a brief appearance from Barbet Schroeder, years before he would become an acclaimed director, as a car salesman.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Gruault, Roberto Rossellini
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2001


Marino Masé
as Ulysses
Albert Juross
as Michel-Ange
Gerard Poirot
as 1st Carabinier
Jean Brassat
as 2nd Carabinier
Alvaro Gheri
as 3rd Carabinier
Barbet Schroeder
as Car Salesman
Odile Geoffroy
as Young Communist Girl
Catherine Durante
as Heroine of the Film-...
Jean Gruault
as Bebe's Father
Jean-Louis Comolli
as Soldier with the Fis...
Wladimir Faters
as Revolutionary
Vladimir Faters
as Revolutionary
Odile Geoffrey
as Young Communist Girl
Roger Coggio
as Man in Car
Pascale Audret
as Girl in Car
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Critic Reviews for Les Carabiniers

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

This offhand exercise, made back in 1962 by one of the kings of the then New Wave, popped up early last night at the festival, for absolutely no discernible reason.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Godard has chosen a subject on which to exercise his style. The result is one of his most successful films, and, incidentally, one easier to understand and enjoy than his later work.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Jean-Luc Godard set out in 1963 to deliberately make a war film that would be neither dramatically involving nor formally compelling -- and he succeeded so brilliantly that the film was seen as a disaster.

Full Review… | May 7, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Godard's astringent anti-war flipbook

Full Review… | June 2, 2013

Les Carabiniers refuses to make it easy on the audience, avoiding genre conventions at all costs, and daring us to consider that the real horror of war is the idea that anyone could find it rewarding, never mind exciting or adventurous.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011

Audience Reviews for Les Carabiniers

A grim farce on war in general. It's brutality, uselessness and irreasonable nature.

When two men are approached by the military to join the causes of war, they are promised great rewards and fame. Hence, they join the armed forces. What follows is a collection of scenes dealing with war in general and the way soldiers mindlessly follow their orders.

The brutality of "The Riflemen" is not of a graphic nature - except for a few stills of war victims - it is rather the grotesque way how the war is presented. The soldiers are portraited as dumb and silly men who "play" war, not caring about casualties and politics at all. The "conflict" in the movie is not specified, making this picture an allegory of war in general.

Throughout the move, letters from actual soldiers are quoted.

The movie is not for the lighthearted and it is certainly not "entertaining" in the classic sense of American cinema. But it is a forceful rant against war and how it is absolutely dull, pretentious and useless, which is - as well all know - nothing but the truth.

"Can we burn women ?"
"Can we go into a restaurant. And not pay?"
"Yes. That's war."

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer


Gotta love Godard!

Linda K. T.

Super Reviewer

a war film as only Godard could make it. Some parts were overwrought - the postcard scene comes to mind - but overall, yeah, a very scathing satire on the idea of war as a positive experience full of romance and adventure.

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