LE PETIT SOLDAT
New 35mm print!
- LE PETIT SOLDAT
- (THE LITTLE SOLDIER)
- 1960, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 88 min.
- With Michel Subor, Anna Karina
“Still feels daring and vital, both peculiarly timely and deeply Godardian."
—Rachel Saltz, The New York Times
“Equal to BREATHLESS in its inventiveness and exuberance.”
—Drew Hunt, Slant
Godard’s rarely screened second film, made right after BREATHLESS (but then banned for three years), was his first to star Anna Karina and his first to involve politics in a significant way. Set in Geneva during the Algerian War, it centers on a right-wing journalist/spy (Subor) who falls for a young woman (Karina) who might be working for the other side. An exuberant photo-shoot with the latter is the occasion for the famous line, “Cinema is truth 24 times a second.” Eccentric camera movements, a disembodied soundtrack, and Raoul Coutard’s grey-toned cinematography are the keynotes of the film’s offbeat, unsettling style. Re-released this summer in a new 35mm print with newly translated subtitles, LE PETIT SOLDAT has been compared by several critics to ZERO DARK THIRTY for its controversial torture scene and its inquiry into the morality of counterespionage. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)