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 (13) | 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…
  • Les Carabiniers has a surprisingly wet, fluid mossiness: its people seem beautifully wan, primeval, murky, little woodchucks camouflaged by nature.

    Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The war-film to end war-films, the sick joke that actually sickens.

    Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Les Carabiniers

  • Jul 21, 2014
    <i>"There is no victory, only flags and fallen man."</i> If there is a film that attacks the senselessness and futility of war with mocking gestures and an epic ferocity, it is this one. The whole context is seen through a lens of ridicule to highlight the ideological, moral and sociological emptiness of the logic behind the destruction of the "opposite side". The ultimate result is powder and metal obeying the orders of the carriers of fundamentalist perspectives about the functioning of a society, the correct form of government or the proper distribution of means and wealth, among others. The opening quote is the most appropriate to describe both the repercussions of war and the message of the film. Godard is unapologetic and applies a style that borders on the bizarre, preceding the chaotic disorder of <i>Week End</i> (1967), and achieving a true cognitive dissonance with the particularly repulsive depiction of war and the comedic tone of it all. Fans of classic Godard should hunt this weird product down, not only because it was the necessary stepping stone for the director to acquire his other complex facet during the ending of the decade, but also for indicating an important message that, although it is blatantly obvious for the sake of humanism, keeps being forgotten even by the newer generations, as indicated by the current state of the world. 82/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2007
    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 S Super Reviewer

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