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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Far from Vietnam

    1967. France. Alain Resnais, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard.. 115 min.

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • Far from Vietnam

    1967. France. Directed by Alain Resnais, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard.. Produced by Chris Marker and S.L.O.N. “A group of European filmmakers have put together a collective scenario composed of fact and fiction which, intentionally or not, makes an unequivocal statement of dissent. The views expressed are as individual as the personalities of the directors involved…but together they fuse into a composite reaction against a war being fought in a faraway place and dispassionately reported in the American press in terms of ‘kill ratios’….The reality of Vietnam is the conflict between the richest society in the world and one of the poorest, a conflict eloquently suggested in the contrast between the film’s opening sequence—the daily loading of bombs into aircraft-carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin—and newsreel footage of the people of Hanoi running to cover their pathetically inadequate improvised shelters....The dilemma for these filmmakers, and for us, is that we are ‘far from Vietnam,’ conscious both of our involvement and of the impotence forced on us by our non-revolutionary society” (David Wilson, Sight and Sound, 1967). Restored by the Archives françaises du film du CNC; courtesy Sofracima. In French, English subtitles. 115 min.