Le soldatesse / The Camp Followers (1965) DVD9
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.

At the center of the story is the armed transport of a fleet of women, prostitutes because of the poverty with which war has afflicted them, in order to service Italian soldiers in brothels in the 1940s during World War II. The action begins in Athens, Greece, and proceeds north. The truck ride is over treacherous mountain terrain, and the whole ordeal evolves into a metaphor for war. Meanwhile, the transport itself becomes embroiled in war’s shell fire, killing some of the women and shattering the souls of the survivors.

Zurlini’s film is also about the interaction amongst the three soldiers in charge of the transport and between them and (to begin with) the fifteen women. There are, in effect, two main characters, one from each group. Lieutenant Gaetano Martino is one protagonist; Eftichia, the most brooding and miserable of the prostitutes, the other.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:53:51 | 6.61 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English, Portugues
Genre: Drama, War

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Cast: Anna Karina, Lea Massari, Marie Laforet, Tomas Milian, Mario Adorf
Country: Italy, France, West Germany, Yugoslavia

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