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Friday, August 26, 2005

Milestone opens rare 1972 doc Winter Soldier
Though it only received a sporadic art house release in 1972, Milestone has picked up Winter Soldier, a truly unbelievable documentary about soldiers returning from Vietnam.

At a press conference, these men adorned with long hair and beards tell their harrowing stories of atrocities and the process by which they allowed themselves to commit them. One soldier described himself and his colleagues as turning into animals. Upon returning to the U.S., these men found it difficult to reconcile the things they had seen and done.

Take the most shocking scenes from Full Metal Jacket, Casualties of War or any other Hollywood Vietnam movie, and they become so much powdered sugar compared to what really happened. Most astonishing of all is that, simply by changing the dates, names and places, Winter Soldier could very easily happen today. Indeed, it's absolutely impossible to watch this film without thinking of Iraq and the effect that much-debated war is having on people today.

Winter Soldier
will open at San Francisco's Roxie Cinema on Friday, September 2, and it has already played in New York's Quad Cinema. Look for it soon in Tucson, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Huston, and other major cities. For more info, check out the film's official site.
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 8/26/2005 Comments (0)
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