Les Carabiniers


Les Carabiniers

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Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Gruault, and Roberto Rossellini adapted the Benjamino Joppolo play "I Carabinieri" for this anti-war satire in which two soldiers go off to war in the hopes of reaping a huge booty, only to wind up empty-handed and on the losing side.


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-within-a-Film
Jean Gruault
as Bebe's Father
Jean-Louis Comolli
as Soldier with the Fish
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)

  • Godard leaves us to wonder about our own gullibility, our own unquestioning patriotism and loyalty, our own capacity for violence in the name of political figures with whom we might imagine we share some kind of cosmic relationship.

    Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…
    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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • The war-film to end war-films, the sick joke that actually sickens.

    Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Jean-Luc Godard's conviction that action, and not idle thought, is the lifeblood of social progress is palpable.

    Jun 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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."

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

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Gotta love Godard!

Linda K. T.
Linda K. T.

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