A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis’s landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, using a wealth of sources—from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad.
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(rewatch) still the gold standard for the sharp opinion-piece that makes substantial room for the opposite argument. michael moore claims this inspired him to make films, but he has something to learn from its disdain for cheap shots. there's an interview toward the end with two grieving parents who remain steadfast in their support for nixon. davis plays it straight, and their sincerity deepens the sense of tragedy.
Cutting back and forth between US military officials and Vietnam civilians during the Vietnam war, Hearts and Minds paints of a picture of the separation between those on the sidelines of war and those directly affected by its horrors.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower~
Una versión cruda sobre los rezagos de la Guerra de Vietnam. Lo mejor: los testimonios de una serie de ex combatientes que inician su parlamente con una especie de oda al sadismo y alabanza a la política de su país natal, pero que finalizan con una dura crítica hacia sí mismos. Hay una necesidad de representar el desencanto de una sociedad "mutilada".
Many liberal pundits are drawing distinctions between the early 70s and the 20-teens in America. Two unpopular wars- one that was lied about, and one that has been resolved- that will only be continued due to American Empiralism without giving a damn about the consequences to human life. As an American, it makes me sad to find America keep making the same mistakes. Again.