Le Petit Soldat
Le Petit Soldat French 41
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Date Created: 11/08/15
Jean lucGodard The black sheep 1946:Studied at the Lycee Buffon in Paris, 1948: failed baccalaureate 1949:studies at Sorbonne, friend with Francois Truffaut, Jacques rivette Influence on European and American filmmakers, but also the emerging national cinemas of latin america, Africa, and Asia Controversial figure (exciting, but lack of emotion. Challenging but boring Post war Paris Jean Paul Sartre o Writer, advocate of existentialism, published novels plays, philosophical essays, literary criticism, and political commentary o Criticized citizen Kane for being too advanced, not moving the people toward social change Andre bazin o Praised citizens Kane praised the film for its artistic richness, arguing that Welles reek vented the art form with his use of deep focus technique to tell the story o Long takes and use of deep focus, as opposed to the use of editing and montage produced a better view of the world Maurice schérer o Cinema critic o Says cinema is not just s representation of reality, but becomes part of the reality itself Defense and illustration of Classical Découpage Shot reverse shot is crucial to concerning a characters mental point of view, their inner life A film technique where one character is shown looking at the other, then the other is shown looking at the first Breathless 1960 Combined high culture like Mozart and low culture like American Filming took place in 1959, camera man was Raoul Coutard o Handheld camera o Minimal lighting Goudard wanted to be flexible in where he could shoot his scenes and improvise without technical problems Only filmed for s couple hours s day, would often cancer the entire days of filming if he didn't have the necessary inspiration He discarded the screenplay he wrote and decided to just write liens day by day Initially 2.5 hours long Decided to cut within scenes, even within shots o Deliberate Juno cuts were unheard of, edits were normally designed to be as seamless as possible o By deliberately appearing amateurish, Godard drew attention to the conventions of classic cinema Success of the film o Opened in 4 cinemas around France, drew very large crowds o Highly praised Anna Karina Godard saw her in a few advertisements because she was a successful model She was offered a role in breathless, but didn't take it because she would have to take her clothes off and wasn't comfortable with that She got a part in le petit soldat Le petit soldat (1961) Protagonist, member of s pro French group is asked to kill someone who supports Algeria to test his loyalty. His desertion from the army and how he says he lacks political ideals makes it seem like he is a double agent He meets and falls in love with a girl who is involved with the FLN, He is captured by the FLN and tortured, then goes back to Veronica’s apart met He kills the guy and tries to get visas for his group and Veronica Veronica was captured by the French group and was tortured and killed At the end, he says he doesn't was too be bitter about it because it happened and it's done Left wing Opposed the anarchic style of new wave Hated the way the cashiers de cinema directors often seemed to prioritize style over substance Claude Chabrol "There is no such thing as a big theme or s little theme, because the smaller the theme is the more one can give it a big treatment, this truth is, truth is all that matters." The essence of the argument between left and right Bruno "thinks on the left in a right wing equation" Confusion and complexity Blurs lines between fiction and reality Godard says his films are all reports of the situation of his country from that time and are accurate He used actual French radio broadcasts, newspapers, posters, ads, rom that actual time period It is set in the past o We know this because Bruno is narrating the story Coup of 13 May 1958 The day of Algiers putsch or the coup of 13 May, s political crisis in French during the turmoil of the Algerian war of independence which led to the return of Charles de Gaulle to political responsibilities after a twelve year Adsense The lurch has as its aim to oppose the formation of w me for Christmas government and to impose a change of policies in favor of the right wing partisans of French Algeria The 4th republic was gone, the 5th was instilled Two time periods Supposed to be set in 1958 Some broadcasts follow this time frame Many Semaine de barricades Convinced that guakke had betrayed them, some units of European volunteers in Algiers staged an insurrection in the Algerian capital starting on January 24 1960. The insurrectionists had intended to revive the spirit of May '58 The film was supposed to be released during the trails of those who started the insurrection, but it was banned for 2 years and when it was released, it wasn't as current and wasn't as influential as it could have been La main rouge Semi mythical agency created by the French secret services to take the blame for government sponsored terrorist actions Names Jacques Aurelien mercier o Points us towards la main rouge who's supposed head of operations was colonel Bruno Caught between two political organizations Conflicted about many things Feels trapped because he can't escape either
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