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Hearts and Minds

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peter Davis discusses his 1974 documentary "Hearts and Minds," which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary and was said to help define the country’s commitment to extricating itself from the disastrous war in Vietnam. The film is a powerful and profoundly insightful critique of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, and remains especially relevant today with wars continuing in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

"Hearts and Minds" is now playing at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street. More information here.

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Comments [3]

Jane Arnovick from Mountain View, CA

Hearts and Minds is brilliant. I think we are trying to learn from films like this, however with the Bush Administration, he missed the boat altogether. Lied to us as we were lied to about Vietnam. There is no other documentary that I have seen as innovative and on target as Hearts and Minds.

Mar. 26 2009 05:55 PM
catherine from brooklyn

i am a great fan of films like these, but i'm wondering what difference, if any, experiential films make in our understanding of war. what do we learn from films like these or do we learn anything at all? sometimes i worry that they simply allow us to say, "oh how awful," and then move on with our lives.

Mar. 24 2009 12:57 PM
SIMON HOPKINS from NY-WHITE PLAINS

Just wondered if Leonard and Peter David have discussed where the saying comes from -"hearts and Minds". The British in Malaya in the previous decade, where they successfully defeated the comunists

regards

Mar. 24 2009 12:52 PM

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