Far from Vietnam

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10/28/2008 10:30 AM |

Far from Vietnam is a movie from 1967 that’s screened, watched, discussed, far less than you’d think it would be given that it’s directed by Jean-Luc Godard (at the height of his formalist Marxist influence), the poetic documentarian Joris Ivens, the livejournalist of the French New Wave Agnes Varda, the American-in-Paris photographer William Klein, the modernist-chic time traveler Alain Resnais, the New Wave also-ran Claude Lelouch (there were always a bunch of second-tier directors attached to these kinds of projects), and the mercurial international man of semiotic mystery Chris Marker.

This assemblage of the work of the various directors is about the war — the one in Vietnam? the one in Viet-fucking-nam! — and it’s variously musing and pre-’68 agitprop, featuring interviews with Ho Chi Minh and Castro and Vietnamese citizens and protestors, newsreel footage and TV commercials and more. Basically, it is the late 60s, and it’s playing tonight at Light Industry.

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