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Le Petit Soldat (1963)
"Le petit soldat" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  War, Drama  |  25 January 1963 (France)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man is suspected by the members of his terrorist group of being a double agent. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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25 January 1963 (France)  »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

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$6,848 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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$24,296 (USA) (16 August 2013)
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The film was actually completed in 1960, and was Jean-Luc Godard's second film after Breathless (1960). It was shelved for three years by the French censors. See more »

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Bruno Forestier: "Photography is truth. And cinema is truth 24 frames a second"
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Essential classic Godard
27 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

"Le Petit Soldat" was made right after "Breathless", with Raoul Coutard continuing to experiment with hand-held black-and-white cinematography; it was the first film that Jean-Luc Godard made with Anna Karina, and the film has many passages which are hymns to her beauty (the most famous being the photography session with freeze-frames, a scene which John Schlesinger copied in "Darling"). Though I love early Godard, this one is fascinating, but it's also politically murky: the very real issues of the Algerian War are treated in ways which are confusing, sometimes facetious, and often distressing. But the romantic agony at the core of the film makes it very touching. It would be Godard's most passionately tragic film until "Pierrot le Fou", and the couple played by Michel Subor and Karina remain perhaps Godard's most heartbreaking.


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