From Hanoi to Hollywood

by ThingsAsian, Nov 9, 2002 | Destinations: Vietnam / Hanoi
Platoon (1986) Directed by Oliver Stone.

Platoon (1986) Directed by Oliver Stone.

Platoon (1986) Directed by Oliver Stone.

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BAMcinématek Presents

From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War on Film
Featuring Works on Film and Video
Nov 1-30, 2002 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Series curated and program notes written by Gene Michaud, co-editor of From Hanoi to Hollywood: the Vietnam War on American Film.

This month-long program features examinations of the war by filmmakers Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Davis, Brian DePalma, Milos Forman, Stanley Kubrick, Dang Nhat Minh, The Newsreel Collective, Barbara Sonneborn, Oliver Stone, Tran Van Thuy, Frederick Wiseman and more.

In the 36 films that make up this program, noteworthy fiction and documentary films from Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, and Vietnam itself are used to provide a selective but diverse look at some of the ways the longest war in United States history has been represented in film and video. The purpose of the series is to stimulate critical thinking and discussion about the ways in which the war has been portrayed and understood in American culture. In the end, the series aims to help us to better understand the possibilities and limitations of seeing and hearing the Vietnam War through the mechanisms of audio-visual media, and to provide important insights about media representations as they pertain to current and future military conflicts. Series curated and program notes written by Gene Michaud, co-editor of From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American Film.

In conjunction with film series, BAM hosts a variety of complementary events: spoken word performances (Nov 14), two nights of songs about war (Nov 15 & 16), a symposium (Nov 16), and a BAMdialogue (Nov 19).

To complement select screenings, directors and commentators will be present for Q&A sessions with BAMcinématek audiences. Oliver Stone will be at BAM to speak about his film Platoon (1986), on November 2; documentarian Nick MacDonald will present his film The Liberal War on November 7; award-winning actor Matthew Modine discusses his role in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket on November 10; film critic Elliott Stein will host a Cinemachat in conjunction with Ivan Passer's Cutter's Way (1981) on November 13 with actor John Heard; acclaimed Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Van Thuy will discuss three of his films on November 16; documentary maker Lynne Sachs will be present for a BAMdialogue with activist Rev. Daniel Berrigan at the New York premiere of Investigation of a Flame (2001) on November 19; Gail Dolgin will talk about the award-winning documentary, Daughter from Danang (2002), on November 21; the November 26 screening of Beth B's Breathe In/Breathe Out (2000) will be accompanied by a Q&A with the director; and Composer Galt McDermott and writer Jim Rado will answer questions about turning their musical Hair into a film on November 29.

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General admission tickets to films and symposium panels are $9. Tickets are $6 for students (with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday, except holidays), seniors, BAM Cinema Club members, and children under twelve. Tickets are available at the BAM Rose Cinemas box office, by phone at 718.777.FILM (order by "name of movie" option), or online at Performances at BAMcafe have no cover charge ($10 food/drink minimum). A dinner and movie package on Friday and Saturday nights at BAMcafé is available for only $30 (at the box office only). For more information, call the BAMcinématek hotline at 718.636.4100 or visit

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November 1, 2002 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
China Gate (1957), 97 min

November 2 at 2, 4:30, 7:30pm*
Platoon (1986), 120 min
*Q&A with director Oliver Stone will follow the 7:30pm screening.

November 3 at 2, 5:20, 8:50pm & Nov 23 at 2, 5:20, 8:50pm
The Deer Hunter (1978), 183 min

November 4 at 6:30, 9:20pm
The Green Berets (1968), 141 min

November 5 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
In the Year of the Pig (1969), 103 min

November 7 at 4:30, 6:50*, 9:30pm
The Liberal War (1972), 33 min

Preceded by:
No Game (1968), Boston Draft Resistance Group (1968), The People's War (1969), 75 min total

*The 6:50pm screening will be followed by a Q&A director Nick Macdonald. Nov 8 at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30pm Coming Home (1978), 126 min Directed by Hal Ashby With Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern Hal Ashby's "warm, beautifully acted" (San Francisco Chronicle) Coming Home won the Academy Award for best picture, and leading actors Jane Fonda and Jon Voight also won acting awards. The film explores the impact of the Vietnam War on three Americans: a U.S. military officer, his wife, and the disabled Vietnam veteran with whom she has an affair. The film dramatically represents the domestic conflicts among individuals during the war's aftermath.

November 9 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Gardens of Stone (1987), 112 min

November 10 at 2, 4:30, 7pm* & November 11 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Full Metal Jacket (1987), 118 min
*The 7pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with Matthew Modine and other guests.

November 12 at 6:50pm
Unfinished Symphony: Democracy & Dissent (2001), 60 min

November 12 at 9:10pm
When the Tenth Month Comes (1984), 90 min

November 13 at 7:20*, 9:40pm
Cutter's Way (1981), 105 min
*A Cinemachat with film critic Elliott Stein and actor John Heard follows the 7:20pm screening.

November 14 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Basic Training (1971), 89 min

November 15 at 6:30*, 9:30pm
Hearts & Minds (1974), 112 min
*The 6:30pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Davis.

November 16 at 6:20pm*, 9:30pm
How to Behave (45 min), Tolerance for the Dead (50 min), The Sound of My Violin in Lai (30 min)
*The 6:20pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tran Van Thuy.

November 17 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Go Tell the Spartans (1978), 114

November 18 at 4:30, 9:10pm
Ashes and Embers (1982), 120 min

November 18 at 6:50pm
New York premiere-One show only!
Dumbarton Bridge (1999), 98 min

November 19 at 6*, 9:10pm
The Sad Song of Yellow Skin (1970), 58 min

Preceded by:
Investigation of a Flame (2001), 45 min
New York premiere
*The 6pm screening will be preceded by a 45-minute BAMdialogue with director Lynne Sachs and activist Rev. Daniel Berrigan.

November 20 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
The War at Home (1979), 100 min

November 21 at 6:50*, 9:30pm
Daughter from Danang (2002), 75 min
*The 6:50pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Gail Dolgin.

November 22 at 2, 5, 9pm
Regret to Inform (2000), 55 min

Followed by:
Hidden Warriors: Women of The Ho Chi Minh Trail (2002) at 2, 5*, 9pm, 60 min
New York premiere
*Just added! Q&A with director Karen Turner after the 5pm screening

November 23 at 2, 5:20, 8:50pm
The Deer Hunter (1978), 183 min

November 24 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Bat 21 (1988), 105 min

November 25 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
Casualties of War (1989), 113 min

November 26 at 7:30pm* One show only!
Breathe In/Breathe Out (2000), 70 min
* The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Beth B.

November 26 at 9:30pm One show only!
Karma (1986), 100 min

November 27 at 5, 8pm
Born on the 4th of July (1989), 114 min

November 28 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm & November 29 at 2, 4:30, 7pm*
Hair (1979), 121 min
*November 29's 7pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer Jim Rado and composer Galt MeDermott.

November 30 at 3:20, 7:15pm
Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001), 197 min

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Additional events

Through the Eyes of a Poet: The Vietnam War
Thursday, November 14 at 9pm
BAMcafe (no cover charge; $10 food/drink minimum)
An evening of readings and spoken word performances by authors who have written significant works related to the Vietnam War.

Panelists include: Lê thi diem thúy (writer/performer); Randal Myler; Christian Langworthy.

Click here for more information on this event.

Power/Play with Nora York at BAMcafe Live
November 15 & 16 at 9pm
BAMcafe ($10 food/drink minimum)

Click here for more information on Nora York.

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Saturday, November 16, 2002
BAM Rose Cinema 2
Tickets: $9 per panel ($6 for BAM members and students with valid ID card)
The BAMCafé will be open for lunch from 12 to 1:30pm.

This is a forum to discuss the war, its aftermath and its representation in film. Renowned scholars on the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans will speak with filmmakers who made works that have influenced our perceptions of the war and its consequences.

Panel 1 from 10:30 to 12pm
From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War
This panel will examine representations of the Vietnam War in documentaries, television reporting, and film. Panelists include: Bernie Cook (Adjunct Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program and Associate Director of the John Carroll Scholars Program at Georgetown University); Peter Davis (recipient of the Academy Award for Best Documentary (1974) for his film Hearts and Minds); Gene Michaud (professor in the Communication Arts Department at Framingham State College and co-editor of From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American Film); Carol Wilder (Associate Dean of The New School where she serves as the Chair of the Department of Communications, Film, and Media Studies); Jurate Kazickas (freelance photo journalist in Vietnam in 1967).

Panel 2 from 1:30 to 3pm
The War Remembered
This panel compares personal experiences of the war (in Vietnam and upon returning home) to those stories depicted in film. Panelists include Sondra Farganis (Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University); Yusef Komunyakaa (professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University), James L. Larocca (Dean at Southampton College); Tran Van Thuy (Vietnamese filmmaker); Marilyn B. Young (professor of History and is the Director of the International Center for Advanced Studies Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict at New York University); Nguyen Ba Chung (Research Associate at The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston).

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BAMdialogue (45-minute prescreening discussion)
Tuesday, November 19 at 6pm
BAM Rose Cinemas

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs, director of Investigation of a Flame (the intimate, experimental documentary portrait of the Catonsville Nine-the disparate band of resisters who chose to break the law in a defiant, poetic act of civil disobedience during the Vietnam War) talks with Rev. Daniel Berrigan (Catholic priest, social activist, poet, author of over 50 books, and a member of the Catonsville Nine). This event is free with same-day BAMcinématek ticket and will be moderated by Sara Fishko, WNYC's Special Cultural Reporter.

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General information

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, BAMcafé, and Shakespeare & Co. BAMshop are located in the main building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (Lafayette and Ashland) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockwell) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn's only movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. J.A.M Catering Services provides food and beverages at BAMcafé, which features an eclectic mix of spoken word and live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sounds of Praise (live gospel music with a soul-food buffet) on selected Sunday afternoons. A package including dinner in BAMcafé and a movie ticket to BAM Rose Cinemas is available for only $30 (at the box office only). BAMcafé is open Friday-Saturday from 5-10:30pm and Sundays from 2-8pm. Additionally, dinner is served from 5-7:30pm on all Monday-Wednesday mainstage performance nights.

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Source: Brooklyn Academy of Music

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