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The Marines
Directed by François Reichenbach
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Included on 2-disc box set Early Short Films of the French New Wave.

François Reichenbach follows a group of young men from the day they enlist in the US Marine Corps, all the way through basic training. The power of this is twofold. It lies in the poetic visuals focused on the men’s faces and expressions (scared, determined, chastened), and in the critical commentary, which questions the need to humiliate, threaten, and even endanger the lives of these recruits. Filmed around the time of the Ribbon Creek incident, which saw the drowning death of six Parris Island recruits on a night-time forced march, this original version of the film was suppressed by the US military, which demanded changes to Reichenbach’s anti-militarist commentary.

Melbourne Film Festival 1959
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1958
Montreal International Film Festival 1958

21 minutes / B&W
French; English / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2023
Copyright: 1957

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Subject areas:
France, New Wave

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