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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Le Petit Soldat (Blu-ray)

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    Robert Crawford

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    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.”

    FILM INFO
    • Jean-Luc Godard
    • France
    • 1963
    • 88 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.33:1
    • French
    • Spine #1010
    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Interview with director Jean-Luc Godard from 1965
    • Interview with actor Michel Subor from 1963
    • Audio interview with Godard from 1961
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott
    January 21, 2020
     
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    Filmed in 1960? Godard has been making movies for 60 years! This is one I haven't seen.
     
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    Couldn't find the pre-order link.
     

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