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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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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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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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one of the best anti-war films made.Vive la France!
1 November 2003 | by leybarsinisterSee all my reviews

What an amazing film.From the opening notes of the military march, to the final scene,this is a harrowing ride through the landscapes of "soldiers pay."There is nothing slick or overproduced here,thank Godard. The use of actual letters from French soldiers in wars from 1812 to ww2, is a masterstroke that effectively ties the scenes together.This could be a documentary and is done in this style.This works very well with the vintage newsreel images that are also used to tie the scenes.If you are looking for a RAMBO type war -adventure,go rent a Chuck Norris film.If you are a serious fan of the war/anti-war genre,do not miss this one!


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