also, and significantly, fail to articulate that which might also be
remembered. I want to consider briefly four examples of what Hollywood
‘forgot’ about America’s war in Vietnam.
Nowhere in Hollywood’s
discourse on Vietnam are we informed about the extent of the resistance
to the war. The counterculture, and the anti-warmovement in general,
has been given
immediately works symbolically as well as naturalistically.
Similarly, the photograph has sufficient figurative ambiguity to afford a
resource both for pro-war and anti-war readings, as student opinion also
showed.5 It is a photograph that one might imagine the US Army being
quite comfortable with, as well as the anti-warmovement. Since
Hetherington was working at the time as an embedded journalist, this is
not at all surprising.
Aesthetically, the very darkness of the image was central to critical
responses, for some critics the indication of a technical
—a contemporary of Burgess's at Cambridge and an energetic leader of the Communist Club there—another likely part of the composite. Judd also “sneers” during the school's dedication ceremony for old boys lost in the Great War and early drafts of the play have him wearing an anti-warmovement badge—a kind of forerunner perhaps of the CND peace sign.
Although the outline of Judd's life and his commitment to politics is drawn from Cornford and Guest (the postscript to the film version has
governments and military
were by far the most frequently cited sources, there were several
sources who voiced criticisms of the war’s rationale and effects,
including UN officials, aid agencies and Iraqi civilians, as indicated
in Figure 7.2 . The category ‘anti-war
critics’ includes prominent parliamentary opponents of the war as
well as representatives of the popular anti-warmovement, which helps to
Communist Party for failing to support the anti-warmovement, and he
blames himself for lacking the courage to support Algerian independence.
Despite its grim subject, the film is lyrical and lovingly made, a tribute to
men and families who suffered in silence, whether they did the right thing or not. The
soldiers’ own photos are especially effective: juxtaposed with their faces of today, the
difference is a poignant memorial to lost innocence and, in some cases, to the high price paid
Response to the film was