Far From Vietnam + Time of the Locust
FAR FROM VIETNAM
Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, and Agnès Varda
1967 / 115 mins / DCP
TIME OF THE LOCUST
Director: Peter Gessner
1966 / 13 mins / 16mm
Seven filmmakers of the "Left Bank Group" of the French New Wave, opposed to the war in Vietnam, offered up footage to the nonpareil cinematic essayist Chris Marker, which he then edited and matched with a sardonic, cutting voiceover. The result is this essential document of artistic outcry, combining footage of New York protests and across-the-barricades bickering by William Klein, battlefield witness from Joris Ivens and, from by Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, typically individual offerings to a communal undertaking. Preceding Far From Vietnam by a year, Gessner's short essay film is compiled from both American broadcast news and Vietnamese National Liberation Front footage.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.