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Time of the Locust
Directed by Peter Gessner
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Time of the Locust is included on the same DVD as Last Summer Won't Happen
Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this by-now classic film by Peter Gessner provides one of the strongest treatises against the war in Vietnam.

"Peter Gessner pioneered the anti-Vietnam war filmmaking movement with his 1966 Time of the Locust, one of the first, if not the very first documentaries to take aim at the war. Today, it retains its ability to stir and anger. Two years later, he came back with Last Summer Won't Happen, an unsentimental, if affectionate behind the scenes look at the Yippies of New York's Lower East Side on the eve of that year's notorious Democratic Convention, as Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krasner, and Phi Ochs laugh, argue, and plot their political trajectories. Must see films for those who were there and those who were not." —Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, and Down and Dirty Pictures
"Peter Gessner pioneered the anti-Vietnam war filmmaking movement with his 1966 Time of the Locust, one of the first, if not the very first documentary to take aim at the war. Today, it retains its ability to stir and anger." —Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, and Down and Dirty Pictures


"This motion picture is more powerful than collections of statistics, political rhetoric, and even the cleverest written argument. Its point is simple and dramatic: it exposes the cruel agony of Vietnam."—Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

"Brutal, truthful, terse, and extremely memorable"—New York Post

Grand Prize, 1967 Florence Festival dei Populi
Special Prize Winner, Prix de la Critique, 1967 Tours International Festival of Short Films
First Prize, Protestant Film Jury, 1966 Manheim International Film Festival
Golden Dove Award, 1966 Leipzig International Film Festival
1966 San Francisco International Film Festival
  

13 minutes / b&w
Release: 2002
Copyright: 1966
Sale/Institutional: $175

This DVD is sold above with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights. It is also available for home video use, click here.

Subject areas:
American Studies, Asia, History (U.S.), History (World), Vietnam Era

Related Titles:
Gao Rang (Grilled Rice): The story of the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese & Vietnam Wars, and founded Vietnamese cinema.

Kim's Story: The Road from Vietnam: The story of Kim Phuc, the subject of perhaps the most famous photograph of the Vietnam War - a story of the personal and public healing of wounds from this century's longest, most divisive war.

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