Film Review: The Last Days in Vietnam

It’s just that if you were, say, a Martian, with no knowledge of the actual history of US intervention in Vietnam (and the French before it) and the devastation it wreaked on both the land and its people, watching this documentary you’d think that the only forces engaged in killing were those of the North Vietnamese. Forget about carpet-bombing, Agent Orange, the Strategic Hamlet program, and more than three million Southeast Asian dead. Sadly, many in the Manhattan audience I saw it with were either genuinely unaware of the lack of critical analysis or just relieved to see Viets on screen as real people and not stock caricatures. (For an exceptional US-made documentary about the war in Vietnam, check out Emile de Antonio’s 1968 In the Year of the Pig, which is chock-full of historical footage.) –

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