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Le Petit Soldat (1963) Falls for the Criterion Collection

Le petit soldat (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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On January 21, 2020, the Criterion Collection releases Le Petit Soldat on Blu-ray. Jean-Luc Godard directed the film starring Anna Karina, Michel Subor, and Henri-Jacques Huet.

‘Le Petit Soldat’ Criterion Summary

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 Forestier 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.”

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

New cover by F. Ron Miller

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On January 21, 2020, the Criterion Collection releases Le Petit Soldat on Blu-ray. Jean-Luc Godard directed the film starring Anna Karina, Michel Subor, and Henri-Jacques Huet.

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