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Film Series : Godard: The First Wave

LES CARABINIERS

(THE RIFLEMEN)

1963, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 31st 5:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 3rd 6:00pm

Marvelously funny...one of Godard’s most successful films, and, incidentally, one easier to understand and enjoy than his later work.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Co-scripted by revered mentor Roberto Rossellini and frequent Truffaut/Resnais collaborator Jean Gruault, this controversial work combines neorealist grit with slapstick atrocities. The rare antiwar film that avoids glamorizing war, LES CARABINIERS is an effectively stupid and ugly parable about the stupidity and ugliness of war. Two gullible clodhoppers named Ulysses and Michelangelo set out from their muddy farm to fight for their King in exchange for “all the treasures of the world.” In French with English subtitles. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Institut français.