The best art is transformative. It enlightens our shared humanity and makes us better, more compassionate. The best art is born of necessity. All this can be said of Far From Vietnam. It does more than delve into the Vietnam War; it ties it to other conflicts less prominent in the public consciousness, and it asks important questions about the place of peace activism. Powerful, essential cinema.
At the height of her powers the US stumbled into the Korean War like one of the idiot giants from Attack on Titan. Having not learned her lesson there she crashed and burned in Vietnam...and has continued to crash and burn across the globe ever since leaving cities in ruins, hundreds of thousands of innocents dead and the world a pubic hair from total all out war. Watch the "Parade" sequence if you want to see ugly.
Vivid and challenging demonstration of the caméra-stylo at work for revolutionary ends. I'm a fat capitalist shit, but I didn't find the 'red' edge counterproductive. Successful documentaries like this distance themselves from any claim that they've assembled a coherent reality; instead, the emotional effect of the edited found footage allows us to draw more complex conclusions than those managed by its subjects.
How the war is portrayed in US pop culture (think Forest Gump) is so 1-D, & imo focuses + on US Vets and protests > facts or footage of its impact on the Vietnamese people. This doc w/ int'l perspective humanized it 4 me, and has curbed ignorant hawkish tendencies. I'm urged 2 rethink US response to I.S. Some perspectives of the film makers were interesting in how they have devolved today, ex: support 4 Castro regime
Far From Vietnam is an agonizing and vivid artifact of history. At its best, William Klein's documentary footage of demonstrations in New York is both moving and eerily reminiscent of misguided, modern day attacks against the anti-war left. On the other hand, I found Jean-Luc Godard's segment imprudent and utterly self-serving.
Very candid, with a much wider perspective of issues presented. Though it leans heavily against the Vietnam War, it's argument does bring up more of the complex issues surrounding the conflict. It also reflects quite presciently the consequences of U.S. politics towards going to war.
The documentary footage is the reason to see it. The destruction of a nation of peasants by the US military is one of the 20th century's great crimes. The two longueurs come from fictional business awkwardly inserted: Resnais' writer-at-odds-with-himself monologue reminds one how dull French intellectuals are, then Godard's typically foolish and self-indulgent stretch reminds one what a lousy filmmaker the man is.
a film that flips back and forth from solidarity and frustration to westerners whining about how the war in vietnam makes them feel bad. the opening is very solid -- something like "the question american involvement in vietnam asks is if a rich country is allowed to exist in a way that doesn't benefit a poor country. america is trying to prove the answer is no." i'm stoked that this movie managed to exist.