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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, a man and woman from opposing sides fall in love with one another.

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Jean-Luc Godard

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Jean-Luc Godard

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Subor ... Bruno Forestier
Anna Karina ... Veronica Dreyer
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... Jacques
Paul Beauvais Paul Beauvais ... Paul
László Szabó ... Laszlo
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Storyline

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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War | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 January 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Petit Soldat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,848, 10 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,296, 18 August 2013
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Bruno Forestier: I don't know. Life says women are right. But gives death to men. Death is what's important. Van Gogh once said that death would take us to another star.
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19 March 2002 | by JasikSee all my reviews

Godard is at his best when he playfully messes with social and filmmaking conventions, combining his whimsical nature with his vibrant social commentary.

The little soldier does not do that. He plays it serious here and it's a shame, because Godard can't do that. He can't create suspense; it's antithetical to his nature. Even a scene that is supposed to elicit emotion from the audience, presumably, like the torture sequence, goes on and on so slowly and at such a rambling pace, you eventually feel nothing, if that hasn't happened much earlier.

What could have been a great statement on the corruption of both sides of thought, left and right, and the lack of ideals in modern politics just becomes a tedious, overbearing, overlong mess.

Godard lovers, like all the commentators on this page, will defend Godard to the death even when he retches up something as awful as this. Don't listen to them. There's a reason this movie is impossible to find; no one wants to see it.


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