Anderson Platoon (1967)

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The French documentary The Anderson Platoon zeroes in on the seminal days of the American experience in Vietnam. Filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer goes along with a group of American GIs on five days' worth of reconnaissances and skirmishes. Without judging the war or its participants, the film records the lives, deaths, hopes and fears of its subjects. The film obviously had a strong influence on the much later American docudrama 84 Charlie Mopic. The Anderson Platoon won a "best documentary" Oscar in 1967. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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This documentary follows a platoon's missions and daily life in Vietnam. Compared to the modern war documentaries like Restrepo, there is not much here, especially in reference to a phrase I used in my review of that film "degree of embeddedness." Perhaps for its era The Anderson Platoon had something new to offer, but it hasn't withstood the test of time. The most prominent weakness I find is the film's failure to take a stand. I don't know how the documentarians feel about their subject, and while documentaries ... well, document, the Vietnam War is such a politically charged subject that the film's avoidance of any political stance leaves it seemingly empty rather than objective. Overall, I can't recommend this film for anyone excepting those whose interest is so specialized that a blank film about Vietnam would hold some sway.

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