6.9/10
2,813
25 user 24 critic

Les Carabiniers (1963)

Les carabiniers (original title)
During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Beniamino Joppolo (play), Jean-Luc Godard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marino Masé ... Ulysses (as Marino Mase)
Patrice Moullet Patrice Moullet ... Michel-Ange (as Albert Juross)
Geneviève Galéa Geneviève Galéa ... Venus
Catherine Ribeiro Catherine Ribeiro ... Cleopatre
Barbet Schroeder ... Car salesman
Jean-Louis Comolli Jean-Louis Comolli ... Soldier with fish
Gérard Poirot Gérard Poirot ... Carabinier #1
Jean Brassat Jean Brassat ... Carabinier #2
Alvaro Gheri Alvaro Gheri ... Carabinier #3
Odile Geoffroy Odile Geoffroy ... Young Communist girl
Edit

Storyline

During a war, the poor and ignorant brothers Ulysses and Michel-Ange are lured and recruited by two soldiers that promise wealth to them in the name of their King. The greedy wife of Ulysses Cleopatre and her daughter Venus ask them to enlist to pursue fortune. They travel to Italy and become unscrupulous criminals of war. When Ulysses is wounded in one eye, he returns home with Michel-Ange and a small bag full of postcards of famous locations and the promise that they would be entitled of the properties in the end of the war. However, when the King signs the peace treaty with their enemy, they find that the agreement was actually surrender and they have a prize to pay for their actions. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Narrator: There is no victory, only flags and fallen men.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Prières pour Refusniks (2004) See more »

User Reviews

don't expect breathless the sequel
13 April 2004 | by lolita27See all my reviews

throughout his work in the early to mid-sixties, jean luc godard rode the nouvelle vague by employing and twisting the classic features of a specific film genre. examples of this are his sci-fi (alphaville), and his beloved gangster film (breathless).

when examining les carabiniers, his take on the war movie, one must see godard's purpose in two parts; one, as an anti-war movie, and two, as an anti-war-movie movie.

that is, in addition to the visual social commentary which displays the standard horrific shots of dismemberment and destruction, godard uses the structural components of his film as a whole to mock films along the lines of 'private ryan'.

this means that he refuses to use the concept of war as something that will prove to provide the viewer with any degree of vicarious pleasure, whether that pleasure be derived from identification with a noble lead (which is surely why he has ulysses and michelangelo be such jackasses), beautiful glimmering visuals, (hence the low-caliber film stock), or enjoyable montage and pacing (akin to the conclusive lengthy postcard recounting).

to end this brief rebuff to those who compare this film to tomb raider, i will quote critic david steritt, who states that in les carabiniers, godard refuses to turn aggression into commodification.


14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Carabiniers See more »

Filming Locations:

Rungis, Val-de-Marne, France

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$140,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed