It's one thing to see blinking images of war culled from digital TV broadcasts, but the full color celluloid images of amputees trying on new prosthetic limbs as war profiteers proclaim treasure-to-be and coffin makers explaining the small ones (for children) as a U.S. General justifies death ("The Oriental doesnt put the same high price on life as the Westerner") - these have a different impact.
Shot on location in SouthEast Asia, France and the US ages before the idea of 'embedded' journalists, Hearts and Minds won the 1974 Oscar for documentaries. An amalgam of news reports, stock footage and striking, original color film, this is the kind of movie no one forgets. "If I were to pick the one film that inspired me to pick up a camera, it is Hearts and Minds, a film that remains every bit as relevant today," said Michael Moore.
Director Peter Davis captured gangly, indifferent airmen as they visited a Saigon brothel. A South Vietnamese ex-president-cum-Paris restaurateur told how the U.S. made him quit. An ex-French Foreign Minister revealed that the U.S. offered his country two A-Bombs to solve the Indochina problem. After 30 years all prints had faded, but Academy Film Archives' two-year restoration has brought Hearts and Minds back to its original state for a return to theaters.
Davis and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation President Bobby Muller will be present for a preview screening and discussion in Washington DC on Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm at the AFI Silver. The two will be joined by cinematographer Richard Pearce for the opening at New York's Film Forum on Friday, October 22 for the 7:30 show and available for Q&As afterwards.