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The Camp Followers (1965)

Le soldatesse (original title)
In WWII, Lieut. Martino and his men are assigned to lead a group of prostitutes through the mountainous ways to serve in brothels for Italian soldiers in Albania.

Director:

Valerio Zurlini

Writers:

Leonardo Benvenuti (adaptated for the screen by), Piero De Bernardi (adaptated for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Adorf ... Sergeant Castagnoli
Anna Karina ... Elenitza Karaboris
Marie Laforêt ... Eftikia Samidatis
Lea Massari ... Toula Demantritza
Tomas Milian ... Lieutenant Gaetano Martino (as Thomas Milian)
Valeria Moriconi Valeria Moriconi ... Ebe Bartolini
Aleksandar Gavric Aleksandar Gavric ... Major Alessi (as Aca Gavric)
Dusan Vujisic Dusan Vujisic ... Ettore Minghetti (as Duje Vujisic)
Jovan Rancic Jovan Rancic ... (as Joca Rancic)
Dragomir Felba Dragomir Felba ... (as Felba)
Jelena Zigon Jelena Zigon ... Sofia Kalamikari
Alenka Rancic Alenka Rancic ... Anthea Telesiou
Milica Preradovic Milica Preradovic
Rossana Di Rocco Rossana Di Rocco ... Panaiota Demantritza
Mila Cortini Mila Cortini ... (as Mila Cortini)
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In WWII, Lieut. Martino and his men are assigned to lead a group of prostitutes through the mountainous ways to serve in brothels for Italian soldiers in Albania.

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The film opens with the following statement: In October 28, 1940, to be part of the fulminating German victory in all Europe, Mussolini declared war on Greece, convinced that he would raze it in a few weeks. Thus, a courteous people of an ancient civilization, found itself cornered savagely on the Epirus mountains. The Greek army resisted with heroism, and by the end of the Winter, launched a furious counter-attack that pushed the front line of the war into the territory of Albania. It was a long, tragic, and useless massacre that costed 23 755 dead, 50 870 wounded, 12 268 frozen of which 3 000 had to be amputated. Anyway, it was a winning war. Under the unsustainable pressure of the German detachments, that had to intervene, Greece capitulated on April 22, 1941. See more »

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Anna Karina in Zurlini's great 1965 neo-realist masterpiece
9 February 2001 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

This almost Dreyer-like deeply poetic film about 'faces' is one of the most brilliant of the ‘60s and one of the most inexplicably neglected and forgotten. I'd rank this as Zurlini's 2nd greatest achievement after the awe-inspiring existentialist technicolor masterpiece `Family Diary' starring Marcello Mastroianni. Zurlini's deliberate use of a slightly over-the-top melodramatic style of acting within a basically neo-realist approach that makes room for Antonioni-like meditative takes, allows him to make his points in an ‘extra-real' and poetic zone where things are more symbolically flexible, dreamlike and fluid, closer to myth. It's a very difficult and fragile intuitive balancing act and sometimes, as in the cases of `Violent Summer' and `Girl With The Suitcase' not much more than a gorgeously photographed melodrama results. But the balance is definitely right on "Le Soldattese," "The Professor," and "Black Jesus."

Shot almost entirely on location in Greece in an awesome deep-focus newreel-documentary style black-and-white (with the emphasis on the blacks), `Le Soldattesse' is the story a group of prostitutes that have been recruited for the military brothels of Italian soldiers during WW II, and the long truck ride they take trying to get to their destinations through a war-torn mountainous area. Three military men of different rank have the job of taking them through, and the relationships they develop with the girls on this trip is the real subject matter of the film. Sublimely beautiful Sixties New-Wave icon Anna Karina plays the most cheerful of the ladies of leisure but there are no real leads in the film, all 5 or 6 of the main characters are given equal screen time and Zurlini never falters once as he draws poetic and hilarous performances full of insights from each character. On a higher level "Le Soldattese" becomes a deep examination of one relatively minor but revealing absurdity (prostitutes being carried to brothels in a war-torn area to boost troop morale) overlapping the bigger, related absurdity of the war itself and Mussolini-era fascism.


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 August 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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