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643 Ratings

The Carabineers

Les carabiniers

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Italy, France, 1963
Comedy, Drama, War


During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.

The Carabineers Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Critics reviews

As a film, Les Carabiniers doesn’t really “work,” but it’s not supposed to. There is no allure or drama or revulsion to be found here — no visceral rage, or excitement, or suspense. Godard wants to leave us hanging, as a way of forcing us to reckon with our own complicity in the violence of the world. Mission accomplished, as they say.
June 21, 2018
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It’s perhaps too scattershot in the end to rank among Godard’s greatest works, though its conviction that action, and not idle thought, is the lifeblood of social progress is as palpable here as in any film the director made in the ’60s.
June 18, 2018
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The catalog of plunder brought home by the soldiers fills the screen in the great, extended punchline, postcard after postcard taken out of a suitcase and slapped down before stupefied spouses: the Pyramids and Niagara Falls, Versailles and Rin Tin Tin, Ava Gardner and Lola Montes, commodified images one and all.
June 03, 2013
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