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The Anderson Platoon

The Anderson Platoon

The Anderson Platoon

1967 / 65min / 16mm

DIRECTOR: PIERRE SCHOENDOERFFER

French filmmaker Schoendoerffer (1965’s The 317th Platoon), who’d been captured and imprisoned while working as a combat cameraman documenting the French war in Indochina, returned to Vietnam years later with the U.S. Army, continuing the war documentary he’d begun so long ago. The result is one of the quintessential documents of two devastating war efforts spread across decades, both immediate in its visceral impressions, broad-reaching in its implications and devastating in its depiction of the reality of life as a grunt.