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By Nora M. Alter

The intersection among social, old, and political advancements in Germany and the emergence of a nonfiction mode of movie creation

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Cited by Godard in Loin du Vietnam—becomes the historical backdrop for H&S montage technique. S. 57 At the same time, however, H&S concede that viewers will dispute the degree to which the ‹lmmakers succeed in this endeavor, determined by contingencies that are both individual and collective. This phenomenon is determined by the way in which the bodies in their excessive magnitudes, scripted or not, relate to the viewers experience of the ‹lmic text. H&S repeatedly remind the interviewed pilots that neither the ‹lmmakers nor their North Vietnamese comrades in arms hold the Americans responsible for what they have done, since they are tools or puppets of an imperialist, capitalist system: “The bosses never go to war, only their intermediaries,” H&S tell the pilots, echoing the thesis of Brecht’s Mother Courage.

V. Aftermath H&S made their third and ‹nal group of Vietnam ‹lms between 1976 and 1978, when Vietnam was rebuilding an ecologically and humanly devastated country. 72 The ‹rst postwar H&S ‹lm, Devil’s Island (1976), focuses on the South Vietnam prison Co Son. It is devoted almost entirely to an interview with Le Quang Vinh, who had been held prisoner there for political reasons during much of the war. Against his voice-over describing his experiences, H&S film the now empty cages and cells, looking for possible inscriptions or signs left by prisoners.

61. This point is made particularly clear in the interview with Major David Henry Duart. Also see Piloten im Pyjama, 212. 62. Piloten im Pyjama, 386. Excessive Requisites 33 H&S also ask the pilots whether they believe that every nation or group has the right to self-determination, reminding them that the constitution of North Vietnam is modeled (at least de jure) on that of the United States and its Bill of Rights. Just at the point when the pilots express surprise at this fact and agreement with the right of self-determination, they revert to the position that they are, after all, professional military men, “just following orders”—echoing the Nuremberg trials.

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