Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In the Year of the Pig (1969)

Apparently we don't like color film around here. Or movies made by Americans. This Oscar-nominated 1969 doc from Emile de Antonio is certainly all about America, though. In that colonial-superpower, military-industrial-complex kind of way. In the Year of the Pig chronicles America's involvement in Vietnam using what my Anthropology 101 professor called "thick description"--lots o'context from the famous (John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Joseph McCarthy) and the not as (Jean de Lattre de Tassigny--Freedom Fries indeed). And hey, any film that generated bomb threats against theatres that screened it has got to have something interesting to say.

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