Cinema: Rerouting Poster

F.T.A.

Directed by FRANCINE PARKER

Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and some colleagues spent the 1971 Christmas season touring military bases around the Pacific rim with what Miss Fonda called "a political vaudeville," a jaunty traveling cabaret intended to stand in marked contrast to Bob Hope's annual earsplitting chorus of Jingo Bells. This documentary is a record of the trip as well as a kind of pamphlet on celluloid, a tract against the war in Indochina and against the brutalizing and dehumanizing effects of military service.

F.T.A. (which translates euphemistically as "Free the Army") works better as propaganda than as entertainment. Except for a bit...

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