Monday, October 24, 2005
Home Vision Entertainment is finally distributing excellent prints of Emile de Antonio's films on DVD. Most of his films are only available to watch in various university film archives across the country. A few of the prints available are in mediocre condtion-- so it is with great pleasure that I look forward to the release of a number of his works on DVD. Due in November is "Point of Order", his look at the McCarthy hearings, a welcome accompaniment to George Clooney's latest effort "Goodnight and Goodluck", which cronicles the mind-numbing, middle-american, tactics that Joseph McCarthy used during his witch hunts. Emile de Antonio's work "In the Year of the Pig", describes Chi Minh Ho as a hero in the Marxist mold, and deftly chronicles the madness of war and government corruption. His films will leave you thirsting for some kind of contemporary equalivalent to his expert use of the documentary form.
The copy reads:
In the Year of the Pig
Home Vision Entertainment
Directed By: Emile de Antonio
Starring: Harry S. Ashmore, Kenneth P. Landon, Gerald Ford, Robert McNamara, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George S. Patton IV, Joseph Buttinger, Chi Minh Ho, Joseph McCarthy, Madame Nhu
“One of the most powerful antiwar films ever made.”
–One World Film Festival, Czech Republic
Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio’s Oscar®-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war’s historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, Underground) assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America’ escalating involvement in this divisive conflict. The savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio’s career, and the film he cites as his personal favorite."