The Killing Fields
1984, Roland Joffé, USA, 141 min. With Sam Waterston, Dr. Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich.
- Tue, Mar 13th 6:00pm
"A masterful achievement...As a human story, this is a compelling one." — Roger Ebert
This suspenseful, sobering drama is based on New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg's account of his friendship with Dith Pran (Ngor), who served as Schanberg's assistant in Cambodia before disappearing into the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge regime. Enhanced by Mike Oldfield's unconventional score, the film's style is energetic and authentic, with a keen eye for punchy details (e.g., a cache of hot dogs falling out of a fleeing U.S. official's suitcase). Ngor, a Cambodian survivor with no previous acting experience, won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his assured performance, and Malkovich has an attention-getting early role as a flaky photographer. 35mm. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago