Cinema: A Face of War

Combat photography has become almost a commonplace, an adjunct to the 6 o'clock news and weather. A Face of War, though, has a rightful claim to be judged as art: it is a documentary in the great tradition begun by Civil War Photographer Matthew B. Brady when he took his cumbersome cameras to Virginia in 1861. The film's producer-director is Eugene S. Jones, a veteran television cameraman who fought with the Marines during World War II. He spent 97 days with a company of Marines in the heartland of Viet Nam. In the course of that time, more than half...