Winter Soldier (1972)
Critic Reviews for Winter Soldier
The film is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of moviemaking at its most iconographically potent. But at its best, it is the eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning.
The most chilling aspect of "Winter Soldier" is that, 34 years down the road, it feels fresh.
A harrowing and often nauseating compendium of battle-zone confessions that was cast into obscurity almost immediately upon release in 1972.
Very much a product of its time: It's not an investigative piece; it's a combination of documentary footage, protest, despair and anger.
Rich with moments of excruciating eloquence.
Audience Reviews for Winter Soldier
Initially banned in the U.S., Winter Soldier is a candid compilation of eyewitness accounts and first hand testimony about atrocities committed during the Vietnam war. Harsh but eye opening.
Crude from a filmmaking standpoint, essential viewing from a sociopolitical standpoint. Rough B&W recordings of Vietnam vets testifying to various war atrocities, intercut with color photographs in a kind of sadistic stroke of genius. If there's a fraction of truth to their stories, there has yet to be an honest depiction of the war in any form of media. "Winter Soldier" makes "Hearts and Minds" look like a Disney production. Oddly enough, the most effective passage has nothing to do with the stomach-churning accounts of dehumanizing violence, but rather a "rap session" with a Black Militant who brings the simmering undercurrent of racism to a boiling head. Small wonder the film has been suppressed from US release until recent years.
Long going, but exceptional documentary that captures moment-in-time exceptionally well. Centers around a group of protesting soldiers who, after returning from Vietnam, recount the atrocities they encountered, and face the reality of what they had to become to witness all that they did. Highly recommended.
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