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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Heartbreaking from beginning to end. A series of portraits of those who had their idealism exploited and their lives torn apart, only to come out of it completely broken. The juxtaposition of the U.S. general talking about "Oriental values" with the grieving Vietnamese family was particularly powerful, and infuriating.
"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~
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.
A great and in-depth post of view on the Vietnam war and the time period. A very critical standpoint on the politics and the lack of moral obligation surrounding the invasion, the actions and the position of the American military in the region. A great meditation on conflict and the ramifications it has on both sides of the war, haunting and exhilarating at the same time, putting it in a great historical perspective.