Les Carabiniers
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Jean-Luc Godard directed this brutal and purposefully harsh satire (adapted from a play by Benjamino Joppolo) which explores the grim folly of war. Ulysses (Marino Masé) and Michel Ange (Albert Juross) are a pair of thickheaded peasants living in a nameless country who receive a visit from a pair of military recruiters informing them the king wants a favor of them. Impressed that the king regards them as friends, Ulysses and Michel Ange join the army and set out to see the world's battlefields, having been told they can claim any spoils as their own and live a lawless life on the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , New York Times
"Godard's astringent anti-war flipbook"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An ultraimpersonal exercise on the subject of war."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Les Carabiniers refuses to make it easy on the audience, avoiding genre conventions at all costs, and daring us to consider that the real horror of war is the idea that anyone could find it rewarding, never mind exciting or adventurous."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The problem is not with Godard's politics, but with the purposeful ugliness of the film ... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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