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Les Carabiniers

Les Carabiniers (1967)

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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,

Nov 20, 2001

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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Godard's astringent anti-war flipbook

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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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.

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemania

The problem is not with Godard's politics, but with the purposeful ugliness of the film ... .

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An ultraimpersonal exercise on the subject of war.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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 ?"
"Yes"
"Can we go into a restaurant. And not pay?"
"Yes. That's war."
November 11, 2007
HenrikSchunk

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Gotta love Godard!
December 20, 2006
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