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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 »
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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
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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

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

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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

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Budget:

$140,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[last lines]
Narrator: Henceforth the two brothers slept for an eternity, believing the brain, in decay, functioned beyond death, and its dreams are what constitute Paradise.
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Referenced in Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007) See more »

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8 August 2004 | by grizzli-2See all my reviews

I don't understand how or why this movie was so much criticized. I just saw it on DVD and found it excellent. It's completely different of what Godard usually does : I tend to be a little disturbed by his systematic use of quotations (a good example is the recent "Eloge de l'amour"), and there is no such thing in "Les Carabiniers". The dialogs are completely pure, and there is a very clever use of enumerations, which seldom happens in a movie. Great scenes, like when the girl demands to tell a poem before she's executed, when Michel-Ange discovers the cinema, when Ulysse and Michel-Ange show Cléopâtre and Vénus the treasures they brought back from war... It's simple and beautiful.


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