Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film

January 27 - May 8

Lecturer: Nora Annesley Taylor

We present a series of fourteen programs entitled Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War on Film, with weekly Tuesday lectures by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of "Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art." The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Taylor’s lecture.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming


The war in Vietnam was often called the first television war. Between 1968 and 1975, most Americans watched the unfolding of events in Indochina from the comfort of their living room. After the war ended, Hollywood began to explore the trauma and legacy of the war on the American psyche. With the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive taking place in January 2018, and the recent broadcast of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, these films, along with those made by Vietnamese and Cambodian filmmakers, deserve to be revisited. The series will take a close look at how the war and its legacy was imagined and represented in film, from the perspective of both Southeast Asian and international film makers.

— Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Admission to all "Apocalypse Then" programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

Indochine

1992, Régis Wargnier, France, 157 min. With Catherine Deneuve, Linh Dan Pham.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Jan 27th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 30th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

The 317th Platoon

La 317ème section

1965, Pierre Schoendoerffer, France, 100 min. With Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer.

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Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 6th 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

The Quiet American

1958, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, USA, 120 min. With Michael Redgrave, Audie Murphy.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 10th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Feb 13th 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

Apocalypse Now

1979, Francis Coppola, USA, 147 min. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duval.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 17th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 20th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Full Metal Jacket

1987, Stanley Kubrick, USA, 116 min. With Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 24th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 27th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Hearts and Minds

1974, Peter Davis, USA, 112 min.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 3rd 5:30pm
  • Tue, Mar 6th 6:00pm

COMING SOON

Tuesday lecture series!

The Killing Fields

1984, Roland Joffé, USA, 141 min.

March 13 only

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Tuesday lecture series!

The Missing Picture

2013, Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 92 min.

March 20 only

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Tuesday lecture series!

Far From Vietnam

1967, Chris Marker et al., France, 120 min.

April 3 only

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Tuesday lecture series!

Forgetting Vietnam

2016, Trinh T. Minh-ha, South Korea/Vietnam/USA, 90 min.

April 7 & 10

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Tuesday lecture series!

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll

2014, John Pirozzi, USA/Cambodia/France, 105 min.

April 14 & 17

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Tuesday lecture series!

Golden Slumbers

2011, Davy Chou, France/Cambodia, 96 min.

April 21 & 24

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Tuesday lecture series!

Daughter from Danang

2002, Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, USA, 83 min.

April 28 & May 1

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Tuesday lecture series!

Cambodian Son

2014, Masahiro Sugano, USA/Cambodia, 90 min.

May 5 & 8

Note that Saturday dates are subject to change.