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In the Year of the Pig (1968)

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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Harry S. Ashmore ...
Himself - Chairman: Center for Democratic Institutions
Daniel Berrigan ...
Himself
Joseph Buttinger ...
Himself - France
William R. Corson ...
Himself - USMC, CIA
Philippe Devillers ...
Himself - France
David Halberstam ...
Himself - New York Times
Roger Hillsman ...
Himself - Asst. Secretary of State
Jean Lacouture ...
Himself - France
Kenneth P. Landon ...
Himself - State Dept
Thruston B. Morton ...
Himself - US Senator
Paul Mus ...
Himself - Yale University
Charlton Osburn ...
Himself - State Dept., 1946
Harrison Salisbury ...
Himself - New York Times
Ilya Todd ...
Himself - Reporter: Le nouvel observateur
John Toller ...
Himself - Green Berets, Deserter
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, Underground) assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America's escalating involvement in this divisive conflict. The savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio's career, and the film he cites as his personal favorite. Written by Anonymous

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a masterpiece
27 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the finest documentaries ever made. It is essential for Americans and Europeans to view this work about our crimes and mentality upon and toward Indochina and its nations and peoples, the focus here being Viet Nam. The gathered archive footage is superb and this work in itself has languished unseen for decades now restored on DVD. Which comes with a very well written booklet essay by Douglas Kellner who illuminates the differences between how Emile de Antonio approached the subject versus the establishment media. The latter always presenting the world with that "voice of god" narrator that is entirely absent from IN THE YEAR OF THE PIG.

One word of caution, understand that the events were still going on during the making of these interviews and there was facts about goings-on inside the oval office under Eisenhower, JFK and LBJ (the film is pre NIXON admin ) that were not only not known to journalists but even Whitehouse or admin employees who were out of the particular loop. Facts that have since been revealed in declassified documents or candid confessions of top tier insiders.

This is particularly true about JFK and the blinding light of the post assassination mythology that made even down to earth journalists reluctant to attribute blame to Kennedy. So my tip is when you watch try and see through their reluctance to blame and willingness to imply and believe a wonderful world that would have been...if only on that day in Dallas...remember there was no Vietnamese conflict prior to Franco-American imperial interference in Viet Nam. It was not a Vietnamese made conflict it was an imperial one made by external hands.


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