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    I just saw this 1965 film last night, a great war movie. It is playing in New York City until Wednesday



    The print has been cleaned up, re-mastered, whatever they call it. The writer/director was captured at Dien Bien Phu.

    The film follows a French-led platoon of Cambodian troops as they retreat during the 1954 collapse of French Indo-China.


    Harrowing, well filmed, well-acted, black and white. Pretty much cliche-free.

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    think this is the one I saw at least a part of on TV, back in the late 60’s.  I remember it as pretty good  (the memories are a bit hazy).

    It, and other First Indochina War movies, are reviewed, or at least listed, here:


    I saw Le Crabe Tambour, by the same director, some time in the 80s. Not solely about Indochina, but worth watching. Here’s a clip:

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    I was lucky enough to get this movie on both VHS and DVD over the years.  the DVD is of pretty good quality but there are still some bad spots in it.  I’d like to see a “remastered and restored” version.  I have to admit that this flick haunted me a little with the ending.  Sort of really spoke for the whole war.

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