The Little Soldier @ Classic French Film Festival
The Little Soldier
(Le Petit Soldat)
1960, B&W, 88 min. New 35mm print
During the never-mentioned French-Algerian war, a French deserter turned Geneva photographer (Michel Subor) agrees to a shoot with a model (Anna Karina in her film debut), losing a $50 bet that he won't fall in love with her en route. But his pals at the "information" bureau have a little political assassination lined up for him or is it is a test to see if he's a double agent? And is the model mixed up with the FLN (Algerian liberationists) herself? One of Jean-Luc Godard's starkest and most serious works, shot in infinite tones of gray via available light by the great Raoul Coutard, the film features hair-raising torture sequences (including water-boarding). "The Little Soldier" was banned in France for three years for its graphic nature and explosive political overtones.
Intro/discussion by Calvin Wilson, film, jazz, and dance critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Webster University/Moore Auditorium (View)
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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