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
"An important film, a beautiful film, a moving film...the cinema at last has its 'Guernica.'" — Richard Roud, The Guardian
This landmark agit-doc marked a turning point in the history of the French New Wave, addressing the lack of political consciousness for which the movement had been previously taken to task. Conceived and edited by Chris Marker, FAR FROM VIETNAM enlists the collective contributions of six leading directors - Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda - diverse in their approaches but united in their opposition to U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Notable passages include a moving interview with the widow of self-immolating Pentagon protester Norman Morrison, an appropriately distorted videocast of a speech by Gen. Westmoreland, and a soul-searching monologue by Godard, immobilized beside his camera as he weighs the next step. In French, Vietnamese, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital restoration. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago