Le Petit Soldat (1963): The beauty and the expressiveness of the film assured that its soul effects can’t be achieved in any other media form. The cinematography is invigorating, gritty, and elegant. It’s a film that’s at the same time dry and lush — dry because of its understated, calm tone (the torture scene!) and lush because of its rich undercurrents. A crispy, translucent film. Acting is superb. Subor is a mixture of physical reserve and mental sensitivity. His presence is so edgy and powerful that from time to time you forget he’s really as good-looking as any dark and handsome man. Anna Karina’s performance is ethereal — her beauty must have inspired Godard to say “Woman should not age over 25.” Both are elusive and candid, which adds to the dreamlike quality of the film. If you believe in personal and honest filmmaking, this one is for you. In other films he’s observant, and in this one he’s self-aware. The story is heady, but he narrates in a calm tone, like he’s in a negotiation with you. Because of that, you hear every word he says.”