New Movies: Tell Me Lies

Directed by England's Peter Brook (Marat / Sade) and acted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tell Me Lies comes to the screen with impeccable artistic credentials. But the movie has barely begun its protest against the Viet Nam war before its righteous indignation dissolves into chaos.

Trying for Brecht but never being echt, the film is only a procession of skits, songs, dialogues and newsreels. The lack of story or order need not have been fatal; but the movie is inept even as psychodrama—or as pacifist propaganda. A Maoist girl (Glenda Jackson) quotes endlessly from the Chairman:...

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