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Les Carabiniers

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on April 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM


Jean-Luc Godard


IDEA:  Two witless peasant boys are recruited into war, promised they will receive boundless luxuries upon their return.

BLURB:  Les Carabiniers is an anti-war movie, and a hell of a good one at that, but it goes a step further to become an anti-war movie that criticizes the artificial bombast of other anti-war movies. Godard does this by depriving his audience of the usual adrenaline rush procured from most war films, giving us instead a picture entirely denied of glamour or heroics. Here war is sad and ignoble, characterized by flagrant stupidity, futility, and complete moral bankruptcy, a satirical vision of human indecency so absurd as to be frightening, and so frightening as to be utterly absurd. Pulling no punches, he brings under fire a culture of callous consumerism and hostility, skewering the people so pathetic they need guns in their hands to give them a sense of power they don’t have in their actual lives. The result is nothing less than the perfect indictment of those who glean authority from violence. Its impact is blunt, but sometimes thick heads need clobbering.

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