The Anderson Platoon

1967, Documentary, 1h 5m

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A quietly austere documentary from Peter Schoendorffer, a veteran of the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, returns the filmmaker to Vietnam in 1966, where he and a cameraman are embedded with a 33-man platoon from the 1st Air Cavalry Division, led by Lieutenant Joseph Anderson. Schoendorffer juggles his focus between the American soldiers and their adjustment to the foreign land they've invaded, and the day-to-day realities of war against their unseen enemies.

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  • Oct 11, 2012
    This documentary follows a platoon's missions and daily life in Vietnam. Compared to the modern war documentaries like <i>Restrepo</i>, 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 <i>The Anderson Platoon</i> 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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