Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film

January 27 - May 8

Lecturer: Nora Annesley Taylor

Nora Annesley Taylor is the 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 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

For nearly forty years, the Gene Siskel Film Center has collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism to provide a unique experience for Chicago filmgoers. Each fall and spring, we present a themed Screening/Lecture series that is both a course taken for credit by enrolled SAIC students, and a weekly series of public screenings open to all ticket-buyers without need of enrollment or registration. A lecturer is chosen for each series from among the leading film scholars and critics in our region.

On each Tuesday during the series, that week's film is briefly introduced by the lecturer and then screened in its entirety. Following the screening, members of the public are welcome to stay for the lecture and participate in the discussion. The films usually have an additional screening, without the lecture and discussion, on Friday or Saturday. Click here to learn more about this program.

Admission to all Lecture/Screening programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.



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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

Tuesday lecture series!

Hearts and Minds

1974, Peter Davis, USA, 112 min.


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

Tuesday lecture series!

The Killing Fields

1984, Roland Joffé, USA, 141 min. With Sam Waterston, Dr. Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich.


  • Tue, Mar 13th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

The Missing Picture

L'Image manquante

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


  • Fri, Mar 16th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 20th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Far From Vietnam

Loin du Vietnam

1967, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, France, 120 min.


  • Tue, Apr 3rd 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Forgetting Vietnam

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


  • Fri, Apr 6th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 10th 6:00pm