Genre Guesstimation – The Carabineers (1963)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Keith of Keith & the Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite French New Wave Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to newwavekeith@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Keith!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French New Wave Films…..

“There is no victory, only flags and fallen men.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A duo of farmers recruited to fight in a war for their king experience the horrors of war in a jovial way while corresponding with their loved ones back home.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my research for films in this genre.

They try a bit too hard to show the cynical aspects of war but things aren’t nearly as powerful or as poignant as one might hope in order to draw the viewer in deeper to the lives and viewpoints of these characters.

The characters in this film aren’t developed well enough at all and they come across as being far too superficial as we see how they react to everything happening around them.

The film focuses heavily on the postcards that they send to their wives and through those notes, we get to see the true naiveté of these characters who are fighting a war for riches and glory even if it is only a dream.

These notes that they send could be seen in a very comical light about the horrors of war seen through a realistic viewpoint which tries to show the true nature of war.

Bottom Line – Tries too hard to show the cynical side of fighting in a war yet they end up failing in making things more powerful so that the viewer can be drawn in further. The characters aren’t developed at all and they come across as being far too superficial in all that they do. The tone of the letters to their loved ones show a true naivete which can be seen in a comical light yet is essentially an attempt to reflect the truth in war. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The renowned author and critic Susan Sontag referenced the film in her 1977 collection of essays On Photography. With respect to the “two sluggish lumpen-peasants” returning home bearing postcards of the treasures of the world instead of tangible treasure, Sontag noted that “Godard’s gag vividly parodies the equivocal magic of the photographic image.” (From Wikipedia)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Intriguing anti-war film that shows how naive people can be, but instead of coming across in a more poignant manner, it falls short.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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