nguyễn trinh thi

video and moving image works

Vietnam the Movie (2015)


Single channel video, 47 min, color and B&W, sound

Vietnam the Movie uses a carefully structured montage of clips from drama and documentary films to give a chronological account of Vietnamese history from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, encompassing the end of French colonialism and America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. But this is no conventional history lesson. Rather, the excerpts chosen contrast a variety of external and often oppositional views, ranging from mainstream Hollywood drama to European art-house. Source material from the US includes Apocalypse Now, Born on the Fourth of July and Forrest Gump, whilst Europe is represented by the works of Harun Farocki, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Jean-Luc Godard. Director Nguyễn Trinh also splices extracts from the films of Nagisa Oshima, Satyajit Ray and Ann Hui into the mix. The result suggests that any ‘true’ picture of Vietnam has been lost to the multiplicity of symbolic purposes to which the country, its people and their tribulations have been put.

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Click the link below for Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani’s essay on Frames Cinema Journal:

‘Vietnam The Movie: Resituating Images in Postcolonial Mainstream and Art Cinema’



One comment on “Vietnam the Movie (2015)

  1. Sascha
    March 5, 2016

    Hello, is it possible to see “Vietnam the movie” online? Regards, Sascha

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