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Loin du Vietnam (1967)

Original Title : Loin du Vietnam
Director : Joris Ivens
William Klein
Claude Lelouch
Chris Marker
Alain Resnais
Agnès Varda
Jean-Luc Godard
Writer : Jean-Luc Godard
Chris Marker
Genre : Documentary
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Chris Marker
Photography : Jean Boffety
Denys Clerval
Ghislain Cloquet
Willy Kurant
Alain Levent
Kieu Tham
Bernard Zitzermann
Distributor : New Yorker Films
IMDB ID : 0061913
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poster for "Loin du Vietnam" by Joris Ivens | William Klein | Claude Lelouch | Chris Marker | Alain Resnais | Agnès Varda | Jean-Luc Godard (1967)
Loin du Vietnam (1967) - Joris Ivens | William Klein | Claude Lelouch | Chris Marker | Alain Resnais | Agnès Varda | Jean-Luc Godard
 

Starring

Anne Bellec Claude Ridder
Maurice Garrel 
Valérie Mayoux 
Marie-France Mignal 
 

Plot

In seven different parts, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy for the North-Vietnamees army during the Vietnam-war.
 

Comments

Vietnam, once more, 27 March 2004 Author: Bob Taylor (bob998@sympatico.ca) from Canada In this year of Bush vs. Kerry, when the campaign turns on issues of patriotism and war service, it is fascinating to go back to the Vietnam war to see the conflicts that rent American society of that time. The genesis of the film is interesting: the French public had been asked to give up a day's wages to help the Vietnamese people, finding this insufficient, Chris Marker had the idea of making a sketch film to protest the war. The problem is that the project was a collective effort: there are no credits to indicate who filmed what.Resnais's sketch has a funny story of a stock shot of war atrocity that has been used so often that technicians call it "Gustave," and viewers look for it. Otherwise this is a silly, talky timewaster. The Godard sketch is even less effective--he uses footage from La Chinoise, the film he was working on at the time. Godard must have spent all of one afternoon on this. The purely documentary scenes come off best. The footage from the 50's must have been shot by Joris Ivens, it's wonderfully atmospheric. I wonder if he also shot the film on the American aircraft carrier as the sailors load the bombs onto the bombers that will pulverize Hanoi.The best scenes of all were shot in New York, they show protesters from both sides of the ideological divide yelling their lungs out across police barricades. Every group and sub-group that could be imagined is represented here, and sometimes it's really funny to watch. Pity about the lack of credits.
 
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Loin du Vietnam (1967) - Joris Ivens | William Klein | Claude Lelouch | Chris Marker | Alain Resnais | Agnès Varda | Jean-Luc Godard
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