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Le Petit Soldat (1960)

Cast: Michel Subor, Anna Karina, Henri-Jacques Huet, more...
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, France
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This controversial spy-romance tale by Jean-Luc Godard was banned from release in France for three years because it refers to the use of torture on both the French and Algerian sides during the Algerian struggle for independence. The story focuses on Bruno Forestier (Michel Subor), a young, disillusioned man who becomes involved in politics, yet in spite of the fact that he stands up to torture and commits murder because of this involvement, he does not have deep political beliefs. Also featured is his lover Veronica Dreyer (Anna Karina, then-wife of director Jean-Luc Godard appearing in her first film) as a motivating factor in Bruno's behavior. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

This little soldier is a classic. by MMeldola February 7, 2005 - 1:18 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I would argue that Le Petit Soldat IS one of Godard's best films. The screenplay is not as didactic in this movie as later Godard films tended to be. Further, the structure is not as jazzy as "New Wave" enthusiasts might expect. Rather, Le Petit Soldat's strengths lie in the plot's examination of character in the hellish context of a "dirty war". Godard distances the viewer from feeling too compassionate for the characters; their motivations seem murky. The film dramatizes the end of innocence for the French in the same way that the news coverage of the Vietnem War pulled the wool away from our eyes in the US.

If I'm wrong and this is not one of Jean-Luc Godard's best, even an average Godard is better than almost any new release!

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