A tale of the unmaking of the first American movie filmed in Vietnam in 1957, the scandalous and disasterous undertaking is finally exposed. Surviving cast and crew members explain a contorted drama behind the scenes as Audie Murphy goes to Vietnam, foreshadowing the war-to-come. It depicts Hollywood at its worst!
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Writing the story of this important and neglected film, I had an opportunity to relive the experience. About sixty people went to Vietnam to make The Quiet American in January of 1957. After talking to so many of the participants, all made me feel like I was one of their troupe. In the final analysis, the most amazing and distressing fact to emerge from the movie and its story is that so many highly talented, Oscar-winning people, at the height of their creative talents, came together--and the result was utterly disappointing. It is a story that parallels the later American involvement in Vietnam. That too proved to be a debacle.About the Author:
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Dr. William Russo served with the U.S.Army and later worked as a free-lance writer for Hollywood tabloids. He has published articles on film in Big Reel and Movie Collector's World, as well as for the Audie Murphy Research Foundation. An excerpt of this book appeared in the winter issue for the AMRF in 1998. He earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Nowadays, Russo is a professor at Curry College near Boston, Massachusetts. He teaches film studies and non-fiction writing. His previous books include Mal Tempo: the Curse of 2000 Years, Junior Bad Guys: Movie Delinquents of the 1950s, The Dumb-Founded Nation: America's Language Policy from 1790 to 1990, and Another Sunny Day. a tale about the Lincoln Assassination conspiracy.
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Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110738864668