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ddmcd
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      09-01-2003
No Frills DVD Review: THE QUIET AMERICAN

The commentary on this DVD by director, producers, writer, and actors is
among the most interesting I've heard on a DVD. While not synchronized
with the events on the screen -- you can tell the commentary has been
edited together from a series of interviews, some of which appear in the
DVD's extra features -- they significantly illuminate the events.

It helps that the movie is based on Graham Greene's famous novel. The
movie, an indictment of incipient US undercover involvement in
Vietnamese politics (and military action) in the early 1950's, is a
showcase for another superb Michael Caine performance. The director,
Phillip Noyce, was also responsible for RABBIT PROOF FENCE.

Much of the filming takes place in Vietnam. Some of the most interesting
commentary concerns the involvement of the current Vietnamese film
industry. Location shooting is very interesting to watch, including one
of the most horrific scenes I've seen put to film, a terrorist daytime
bombing in a public square (based on an actual event) that causes scores
of civilian deaths and injuries.

The DVD's accompanying Sundance documentary that focuses on that
particular scene does not really provide a lot of insight into the
physical aspects of the production process. It duplicates much of what
is already discussed on the commentary. Also included is a timeline of
the Vietnam war which, given that this film takes place in 1951-52, will
probably surprise anyone who thinks that the Vietnam conflict started in
the 1960's. The DVD also contains several text reviews of Graham Green's
novel, which shed more light on the themes of the film.

It is good that this film is available on DVD. Withheld from
distribution after 9/11 since producers feared audiences would reject a
film about American undercover involvement in Vietnam, the DVD makes
available a mature, masterfully directed film that juxtaposes a sad love
affair with political events we know will eventually spiral out of
control. All of this is uncannily reflected in Michael Caines'
performance, probably the best of his career.

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      09-03-2003
ddmcd wrote:
:: No Frills DVD Review: THE QUIET AMERICAN
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:: The commentary on this DVD by director, producers, writer, and

Wow! Nice review that is actually about the DVD! YAY!


 
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