In The Year Of The Pig (1968)
Documentary filmmaker Emil DeAntonio's In the Year of the Pig was financed by New York society matron Mrs. Orville Schell; her fund-raising dinners earned her an executive producer credit on the completed film. An extremely radicalized view of the still-raging war in Vietnam, Pig was so unabashedly provocative that it earned DeAntonio the tireless scrutiny of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover (whose file on the filmmaker inspired yet another DeAntonio production of 1990, Mr. Hoover and I). Bracketed between his Rush to Judgment (based on the highly suspect findings of JFK-conspiracy theorist Jim Garrison ) and his America is Hard to See (a chronicle of the Eugene McCarthy Presidential campaign), DeAntonio's In the Year of the Pig is an amalgam of the best and worst elements of those two offerings. The film says what needs to be said, but it often ends up preaching only to the converted. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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[font=Century Gothic]For those that are knowledgeable about the Vietnam War, there will be nothing new to be found in the documentary "In the Year of the Pig." When it was made in 1968, it may have felt like a radical breath of fresh air, linking the Cold War and anti-Communist rhetoric to the tragedy of Vietnam. Speaking of which, President Kennedy, himself a fervent anti-Communist, surprisingly gets a free pass when discussing whether or not he would have escalated American involvement in Vietnam if he had lived. I do think it was a definite possibility considering his aggressive handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis and employing the same brain surgeons who also advised President Johnson.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Using archival footage and interviews with experts and politicians, "In the Year of the Pig" makes a detailed case for the hypocrisy of American politicians preaching democracy while not allowing self-determination when it came to Vietnam choosing its form of government, first in preventing the scheduled 1956 elections to unite the country and then supporting the repressive regimes of South Vietnam where the population was moved into strategic hamlets against their will and forced to vote in meaningless elections. Meanwhile in North Vietnam, the populace is armed in collective defense of which women were a very large and important part of.[/font]
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