Set in France during the Algerian war for independence, a right-wing secret agent (Michel Subor) for a French terrorist group has deserted the army. When he continually fails to assassinate a woman (Anna Karina in her debut) who is a member of the left-wing Algerian liberation movement, the young man is suspected of being a double agent. Complications arise when the two fall in love. “One of Godard’s starkest and most serious works, shot in infinite tones of gray via available light by the great Raoul Coutard (Breathless), and complete with hair-raising torture sequences. Banned in France for three years for its graphic nature, as well as the explosive political overtones.” – Film Forum (New York)


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Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Released
1960
Language
French with English subtitles
Country
France
Running Time
88 minutes
Format
35mm, B/W