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Le petit soldat

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Genres: War, Drama
Starring: Anna Karina, Michel Subor, Henri-Jacques Huet
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Plot Synopsis:

Before his convention-shattering debut, Breathless, had even premiered, Jean-Luc Godard leapt into the making of his second feature, a thriller that would tackle the most controversial subject in France: the use of torture in the Algerian War. Despite his lack of political convictions, photojournalist Bruno Forestier (Michel Subor) is roped into a paramilitary group waging a shadow war in Geneva against the Algerian independence movement. Anna Karina (in her first collaboration with Godard, whose camera is visibly besotted with her) is beguiling as the mysterious woman with whom Forrestier becomes infatuated. Banned for two and a half years by French censors for its depiction of brutal tactics on the part of the French government and the Algerian fighters alike, Le petit soldat finds the young Godard already retooling cinema as a vehicle for existential inquiry, political argument, and ephemeral portraiture—in other words, as a medium for delivering “truth twenty-four times per second.”

  • Release Details
    Release Date: January 21st, 2020
    Movie Release Year: 1963
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:88 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:French LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Interview with director Jean-Luc Godard from 1965
    Interview with actor Michel Subor from 1963
    Audio interview with Godard from 1961
    PLUS: An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott

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