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> From: "Kuehn, John T Dr CIV USA TRADOC" > <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > Questionable history, but profound film-making. That > message, about hubris, is needed now more than ever. I hesitate to disagree with Dr. Kuehn, whose many contributions to H-War I always enjoy and usually learn from, but on the subject of Apocalypse Now I'm afraid I must. Whatever Coppola's personal sufferings while making the film, it is far from profound and is neither good history nor is it a good representation of Heart of Darkness. Simply put, when a film get as much wrong historically as it does, what value does it have beyond simple escapism? It tells us nothing about why we were involved in Vietnam, nothing about how we fought in Vietnam, and nothing about colonialism or post-colonialism. Pretty much all the film really does is illustrate the Playboy/drugs/violence porn culture of 1970s America, and it does so in a manner that manages to be both shallow and incomprehensible at the same time. I suppose the movie is noteworthy for that. Paul Westermeyer Historian, History Division Marine Corps University Paul.Westermeyer@usmc.mil http://www.history.usmc.mil Westermeyer GS11 Paul W <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----