Movie against war. Far from Vietnam at MFA Boston. Collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais and Agnés Varda in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. September 25-October 3, 2013.
Initiated and edited by Chris Marker, Far from Vietnam is an epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais and Agnés Varda in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam–made, per Marker’s narration, “to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression.”
A truly collaborative effort, the film brings together an array of stylistically disparate contributions, none individually credited, under a unified editorial vision. The elements span documentary footage shot in North and South Vietnam and at anti-war demonstrations in the United States; a fictional vignette and a monologue that dramatize the self-interrogation of European intellectuals; interviews with Fidel Castro and Anne Morrison, widow of Norman Morrison, the Quaker pacifist who burned himself alive on the steps of the White House in 1965; an historical overview of the conflict; reflections from French journalist Michèle Ray; and a range of repurposed media material.
Highly influential on subsequent political documentaries, it is constructed in eleven chapters (plus an introduction and epilogue), and rallies both fact and fiction to counter coverage of the Vietnam War by the mainstream media as well as propaganda by the U.S. government. This searing cine-manifesto is a passionate and concerted protest against the U.S. war in Vietnam. Marking a crucial moment for political cinema and collective filmmaking, Far from Vietnam is also a multifaceted exploration of the global impact of war, cultural indifference, and selective memory. Passionately critical and self-critical, and as bold in form as it is in rhetoric, Far from Vietnam is a milestone in political documentary and in the French cinema.
Wed, Sep 25, 7:30 pm (AA) $9, $11.
Thu, Sep 26, 3 pm (RA) $7, $8.
Fri, Sep 27, 7:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Sat, Sep 28 12:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Sun, Sep 29, 2:30 pm (AA) $9, $11.
Wed, Oct 2, 5:30 pm (AA) $9, $11.
Thu, Oct 3, 5 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Tickets may be purchased at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk.
Where two prices are listed, the first is discounted for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.
Screenings are in Remis Auditorium (RA) in the Linde Family Wing or Alfond Auditorium (AA) in the Art of the Americas Wing. Remis Auditorium is convenient to both the Huntington and State Street Corporation Fenway entrances. Alfond is accessed most easily from the Fenway entrance.
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.
Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.
Here, Far from Vietnam trailer: