Cinema: Far from Viet Nam and Green Berets

Far from Viet Nam is a French-made quasi documentary implacably opposed to the war in Southeast Asia. Green Berets is a piece of Hollywood celluloid fiction that clearly assumes the righteousness of the U.S. cause. Despite their divergent views, the two movies resemble each other far more than their makers would care to admit. Both preach to the converted; both assume that moral indignation is sufficient material for a scenario. And both leave the viewer with the conclusion that in a war movie, as in a war, the first casualty is usually common...

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