Tuesday lecture series! Film Series : Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film

The 317th Platoon

La 317ème section

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

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 6th 6:00pm

"One of the most compelling and riveting portrayals of war ever put on film...If you were told this film was a documentary, and what you were seeing was real, you would not doubt it for a moment." — Gary A. Freitas, War Movies

This pioneering portrait of the First Indochina War was directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer, who would win a Best Documentary Oscar in 1968 for THE ANDERSON PLATOON, and it was photographed by Raoul Coutard, the legendary cinematographer of a raft of French New Wave classics (as well as the cinéma-vérité milestone CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER). Both had combat experience as army cameraman during the conflict, which enabled them to make a war movie of unprecedented, documentary-like authenticity. Shot on location in Cambodia, the film tells of a French/Laotian platoon caught behind enemy lines during the final days of the war, centering on the relationship between an idealistic, inexperienced French lieutenant (Perrin) and his battle-hardened German adjutant (Cremer). In French and Vietnamese with English subtitles. New 2K 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