A couple of poor men (Marino Masé, Patrice Moullet) are called by their king to serve as soldiers in a war; as their wives (Geneviève Galéa, Catherine Ribeiro) wait at home, the men go on a rampage. A film Jean-Luc Godard made the same year as Contempt; obviously, this madly uneven war movie fell in its shadow. The director mixes archive footage with cruel depictions of the dehumanizing effect the war has on the peasants; the slaughtering turns into an absurd adventure. Godard makes his point early and then keeps repeating it, making the film feel longer than it is. Still, relevant, also as a tribute to the power of photography.
1963-France. 75 min. B/W. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Gruault, Roberto Rossellini. Play: Beniamino Joppolo. Cast: Marino Masé (Ulysses), Patrice Moullet (Michel-Ange), Geneviève Galéa (Venus), Catherine Ribeiro (Cleopatre).
Trivia: Alternative title in English: The Carabineers. Released in Britain as The Soldiers. Barbet Schroeder appears as a car salesman.