New Movies: Les Carabiniers

Director Jean-Luc Godard often seems like a sprinter who keeps trying to run the mile — and fails. This time he goes the distance: Les Carabiniers is quite possibly Godard's finest film since his first, the artful Breathless of 1959.

Les Carabiniers — made in 1963 but just released in the U.S. — opens with a quote from Jorge Luis Borges, the Ar gentine poet and novelist, claiming that "worn metaphors" come closest to truth.

No one can grind a metaphor to dust faster than Godard, and in this pacifist fable, he grinds out...

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