Les Carabiniers

80 minutes

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, precisely because the liberal-humanist critics of the time were being educated by it rather than reassured. A vitally important film, in terms of Godard's notions of form and in terms of his growing political awareness, it tells of two peasants drafted into the king's army, whose victories on the battlefields lead to their execution as traitors when diplomacy takes a characteristic turn.

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