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  • Arts of War on the Web » Hearts and Minds – A Must to Avoid
    stuff in the film but Hearts and Minds gets an F minus for its portrayal of vets Although it has no narrator Hearts and Minds uses a nearly two hour barrage of film clips and interviews to put forward the message that the United States had no business being in Vietnam and that everyone involved in the war has blood on his or her hands Davis s accomplished filmmaking gets credit for delivering that message clearly The problem is that his message is oversimplified to the extreme It s based on some truths some half truths and many sins of omission Yes it is an historical fact as Davis above shows that American policy after World War II underwrote the French war to keep its Indochinese colonies Yes Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy used the bankrupt domino theory to justify American intervention Yes Presidents Johnson and Nixon misled if not lied to the American people about their aims in Vietnam Yes the American military brass never understood the nature of the enemy or the war it was fighting and came up with fatally flawed tactics and strategy And yes the South Vietnamese government and military were generally corrupt brutally authoritarian and unloved by most of the population All of this Davis shows very well through old TV film clips newsreels and interviews with eyewitnesses such as Daniel Ellsberg Clark Clifford Walt Rostow and Gen William Westmoreland He also shows scene after scene of instances of American and South Vietnamese brutality in the war zone And he didn t make that stuff up There s no denying that plenty of people on our side beat prisoners torched hootches dropped napalm and other types of unfriendly ordnance on innocent civilians and consorted with prostitutes But in this case Davis willfully neglects to tell the entire story He virtually ignores anything showing Americans and South Vietnamese in a positive light And you won t find one frame even hinting that the North Vietnamese or Viet Cong were anything but heroic fighters whose only goal was national unification His version of the war is one in which American GIs raped and pillaged innocent villagers while an unseen enemy went about heroically defending its homeland against a genocidal outside aggressor Anyone who set foot in the war zone or who has objectively studied the situation knows that is an incomplete false picture Then there s the thorny issue of Davis s treatment of veterans His hero among the vets is a deserter who goes public by telling his tale to a congressional committee His villains are a series of enlisted men and officers up to no good on the ground in Vietnam and back home a former POW Navy Lt George Coker who spouts racist absurdities and super patriotic bromides In between are VVA s founder and former president Bobby Muller complete with a full head of bushy brown hair talking about how he was severely wounded and his feelings of bitterness and former pilot Randy

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Sterling New Doc: My Vietnam Your Iraq
    and at least one Iraq war veteran speak passionately about their feelings about the present war and nearly all of the Vietnam veterans weigh in on how they felt about their war The Vietnam veterans thoughts about the war range along the hawk dove spectrum although few have anything good to say about the Vietnam War in general or about they were treated after coming home Osgood who served on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in 1969 72 including cruises off the coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin says that his goal in the film is to stimulate discussion that may help us better understand the emotions and anxieties families are forced to deal with He has succeeded perfectly Each series of family interviews does exactly that and does it terms every American can relate to For more info about the film go to Osgood s excellent web site Comments Off on Sterling New Doc My Vietnam Your Iraq Posted on May 4th 2009 in Documentaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays

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  • Arts of War on the Web » ‘The Tale of An Phuc House’ Documentary
    helped educate orphaned boys and girls suffering the lingering effects of Agent Orange as well as other orphanages in Saigon Comments Off on The Tale of An Phuc House Documentary Posted on June 18th 2013 in Documentaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On DVD On Line On Stage On TV Opera Photography Plays Poetry Radio Sculpture TV Series Uncategorized Vietnam War Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March

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  • Arts of War on the Web » ‘Bill’s Thud,” New VN War Documentary
    the plane to Illinois it also pays tribute to all veterans of the Vietnam War I now realize this isn t about Bill his plane or me Wiens says It s about a lot more than that It s about the Vietnam vets It s about all of them All of the Vietnam veterans Evans and Wiens will hold audience discussions at both screenings For more info go to s iskelfilmcenter org bills thud Comments Off on Bill s Thud New VN War Documentary Posted on January 2nd 2013 in Documentaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On DVD On Line On Stage On TV Opera Photography Plays Poetry Radio Sculpture TV Series Uncategorized Vietnam War Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Documentaries
    critically acclaimed fictionalized look at the battle that was filmed in Vietnam although not at the actual site of the battle and featured the travails of an American war correspondent The 30 million epic which used 10 000 Vietnamese soldiers as extras was the first non Asia movie to be made about the Indochina War in Vietnam Posted on March 16th 2012 in Documentaries Feature Films Obituaries Bert Schneider 1933 2011 Bert Schneider one of Hollywood s biggest producers in the Vietnam War era who made several iconic films including Easy Rider 1969 Five Easy Pieces 1970 and The Last Picture Show 1971 died December 12 in Los Angeles at age 78 Schneider who also co created The Monkees TV show also co produced with Peter Davis the scathingly antiwar Vietnam War documentary Hearts and Minds 1974 which received the Academy Award for best documentary the following year This Vietnam veteran did not bother to see Hearts and Minds when it came out in 1974 My goal then was to avoid all reminders of the war I did see the film when it came out on video and it did not exactly bowl me over There s some great stuff in Hearts and Minds but I couldn t get over or forgive its distorted portrayal of Vietnam veterans The film s main point is that the United States had no business being in Vietnam and that everyone who took part in the war has blood on his or her hands In putting forth this oversimplified at best message the filmmakers willfully ignored anything showing Americans or South Vietnamese in a positive light Plus the movie portrays the NVA and VC as one dimensional heroic freedom fighters In this version of the war American GIs raped and pillaged innocent villagers while an unseen enemy went about heroically defending its homeland against the imperialist aggressor The film s hero among American veterans is a deserter who tells his tale to a congressional committee Its villains are a series of military men who were up to no good on the ground in Vietnam and back home Some veterans in the film such as VVA founder Bobby Muller don t fit in either category But the veterans that Hearts and Minds highlights make it appear as if we were all either racist killers or apologizing wimps Everyone with an ounce of brains knows that that s not true and that the truth is much much more complex Posted on December 15th 2011 in Documentaries Feature Films Obituaries Painted Warriors DVD Doc VVA life member Guy Anhorn who did a 1968 69 Vietnam War tour has put together a high quality DVD documentary Painted Warriors Rangers on the DMZ which tells the story of the Ranger teams of P Company of the Army s 75th Rangers who were a part of the Fifth Infantry Division s 1st Brigade in northern I Corps Relying heavily on recent interviews with thirteen former Papa Company Rangers as well as old photos and war footage the documentary focuses on the six man long range patrol Hunter Killer Teams which had the distinction of being the northern most Ranger unit that operated during the Vietnam War The two hour DVD is available on line through Amazon com and TheVeteransMuseum com Posted on November 16th 2011 in Documentaries Vietnam in HD Doc Begins Tonight on the History Channel Vietnam in HD is the name of a three part six hour documentary that begins tonight Tuesday November 8 at 9 00 Eastern time on the History Channel Much of the in country Vietnam War footage in the series was shot by American troops The voices of veterans first person testimony are those of participants as well as those of some Hollywood actors We ll catch the first episode tonight and give a fuller review later in the week Posted on November 8th 2011 in Documentaries History On TV New Doc on the Mysterious Death of William Colby Former CIA Director William Colby who played a significant role in U S Vietnam War policy making was founded dead in 1996 eight days after going missing on a solo canoe trip near his Maryland home The new documentary The Man Nobody Knew produced by the spymaster s son Carl Colby looks at the odd circumstances surrounding his father s death as well as his long career in intelligence The Vietnam War played a central role in William Colby s life and work The World War II OSS agent first went to Vietnam in 1956 as a young CIA agent He was CIA station chief in Saigon from 1959 62 was deputy director of the CORDS program in 1968 and most famously or infamously ran the controversial Phoenix program in 1969 Colby headed the CIA s Far East Division until he was named CIA director in 1973 a position he held until retiring in November of 1976 In his 1989 book Lost Victory A First Hand Account of America s Sixteen Year Involvement in the Vietnam War Colby argued that the way to defeat the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese in Vietnam was not to send in large numbers of U S troops but to help make the government of South Vietnam responsive to the needs of its people thereby making the government an attractive alternative to the communists Among those interviewed in the film are former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft the journalists Seymour Hersh who broke the My Lai story and Bob Woodward and former Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld In some ways The Man Nobody Knew is a quintessential Washington spook story Michael O Sullivan said in his Washington Post review of the film told by a globe trotting CIA brat who thought for the longest time that his father worked for the State Department Posted on November 2nd 2011 in Documentaries Honor in the Valley of Tears Doc Honor in the Valley of Tears is a well produced well

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  • Arts of War on the Web » William Kunstler Doc
    old As young girls they idolized their father but as they grew up their opinion of their flamboyant media hungry father changed mainly because of his penchant for defending bad people alleged rapists terrorists and organized crime figures At some point Emily Kunstler says he stopped standing for anything The two women do an excellent job telling their father s life story he died in 1994 in William Kunstler Disturbing the Universe a documentary that Sarah Kunstler wrote and that she and her sister produced and directed We get the details of William K s life including his service in the Pacific as an Army officer in World War II during which he was awarded the Bronze Star The film naturally enough focuses on his work in the sixties and seventies when he became a nationally known figure It s a personal film and it works on that level the story of two bright accomplished young women coming to terms with their famous father s conflicted legacy Comments Off on William Kunstler Doc Posted on December 9th 2009 in Documentaries Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Tonight on PBS: A Top Doc on My Lai
    of the reports of the case on the network news from the time it burst on the news scene in 1969 to the courts martial of Calley and Capt Ernest Medina The testimony of the Vietnamese villagers and voices and words of the newly interviewed Charlie Company men Thomas Turner Thomas Partsch Joseph Grimes John Smail Gregory Olsen and Lawrence LaCroix were revealing and effective The men made you feel what it was like on the ground especially in the weeks before My Lai happened The Vietnamese made you feel what it was like during the horror of the massacre As for the My Lai as aberration or business as usual question this thorough engaging and well produced documentary stuck to the facts of this incident and the Army s attempted cover up of it There was no attempt to deal with other massacres in the war by either side That is as it should be The American Experience My Lai documentary airs tonight Monday April 26 2010 on PBS stations nationwide Be aware that there are gruesome photos of the massacre But also be aware that this is an excellent documentary that gives a full complete view of the My Lai massacre PBS also has an very good extensive web site with even more info on My Lai and the making of the doc Comments Off on Tonight on PBS A Top Doc on My Lai Posted on April 26th 2010 in Documentaries On TV Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc

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  • Arts of War on the Web » Pat Sajak Goes to Bat for VVA on Jeopardy
    Banquet in Louisville And he gave a gracious and funny speech to accept the award He also has a page on his web site devoted to VVA Comments Off on Pat Sajak Goes to Bat for VVA on Jeopardy Posted on January 13th 2010 in On TV Comments are closed Contents Unsung Heroes Art Exhibit in Boston Bobbie Ann Mason Receives Kentucky Literary Honor Creative Writing Contest The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Veterans in Politics radio The Photography of Muhammad Abdus Sabur in NYC New VN War Exhibit Opens at Army Heritage Center in Carlisle Pa New HBO Doc on Richard Holbrooke Jefferson Starship Free Concert in D C Nov 8 American Boys Wins Big Book Honor Eddie Adams Enduring Vietnam War Photos Children of the April Rain Play in D C Nov 10 The Draft New Vietnam War Play Tony Gleaton 1948 2015 Don Oberdorfer 1931 2015 Herbert Schandler 1928 2015 Search for Categories Archives Art Art Exhibits Artistic Queries Arts on the Web Book News Book Talk Comic Books Comments Conferences Dance Documentaries Drama Essays Events Feature Films Fiction Games History Honors and Prizes In the Classroom Journalism Journals Magazines Memorials Museums Music Musicals Obituaries On DVD On Line On Stage On TV Opera Photography Plays Poetry Radio Sculpture TV Series Uncategorized Vietnam War Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August

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