Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier)
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Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier)
Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier), writer/director Jean-Luc Godard's second feature film, was made in 1960 but immediately banned in France due to its sensitive political content and did not premiere until 1963. Michel Subor (Beau Travail) stars as Bruno Forestier, an army deserter caught in the middle of a covert war between the French government and the Algerian Liberation Front in Geneva. With both sides resorting to any means to achieve their clandestine ends, Bruno must decide what he is willing to do to escape with Veronica (Anna Karina, star of Band of Outsiders and A Woman Is A… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even this early in his career, Godard knew how to make audiences viscerally experience and contemplate things they might otherwise not have wanted to."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"ubor's contemplative voice-over and Raoul Coutard's somber cinematography make this seem severe compared to the jazzy exuberance of Breathless."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A dry-ice parody of a spy thriller, an acute snapshot of the politics of struggle and the politics of relationships, and a captivating documentary account of a filmmaker falling in love with his actress"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Interesting historically, much less so artistically."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's a classic espionage plot shot through with a typically heady mix of art and literary references: Klee and Velázquez, Bach and Haydn, Bernanos and Musil."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"Looked at in the context of Godard's later, militant work, this film's analysis is at once naive and fascinating."
‑ , Time Out
"Godard's followup to Breathless is both lesser and greater than its forefather."
‑ Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews
"A lean and witty piece of politically engaged filmmaking that combines all the drive of a thriller with Godard's own, singular, New Wave aesthetic."
‑ , Film4
"Gradually it becomes clearer that, starting with Le Petit Soldat, Godard was forging his own individualistic art and becoming the most relevant director of our time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"In many ways, Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat is equal to Breathless in its inventiveness and exuberance."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
"Le Petit Soldat is far more confusing than Breathless, jumping in and out of scenes without letting the audience get a grasp on the narrative."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Godard is most clear in showing that the Left and Right are two sides of the same coin."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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