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Gạo Rang [videorecording]: Riz Grillé

un film de Claude Grunspan
Format
Video; VHS
Summary
The story of the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars, and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung Mē, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring the first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel, and remembers how the public reacted to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot. They describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." Their films give the impression that everything was easy. They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed." It would have been "useless," the footage would not have been used.
Director
Claude Grunspan
Release Date
2001
Run Time
52 min.
Language
French
Vietnamese (also in)
English (subtitles in)
Variant Title
Riz grillé
English parallel title on container and videocassette label: Grilled rice
Title on cassette label: Bitter rice
Local Notes
DVDs purchased from Icarus Films here at www.IcarusFilms.com are licensed with Public Performance Rights for non-commercial and educational exhibition when no admission fee is charged. (4/6/12)
Edition
Widescreen ed.
Credits
Producers, Paul Fonteyn, Richard Copans ; cinematography, Remon Fromont ; music, Victor Kissine.
Published
New York, NY : First Run/Icarus Films : West Glen Communications, Inc., 2001.
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured.
Description
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Technical Details
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