PRESENTED BY LAURENT ROTH
With Joseph B. Anderson, Stuart Whitman
In September 1966, sent by the programme Cinq Colonnes à la Une, filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer meets up with the Bravo Company and joins a platoon of the American Army fighting in South Vietnam. For six weeks, day and night, he films the everyday existence of the 33 men of the platoon, named after the young black lieutenant who leads them.
DIRECTOR : PIERRE SCHOENDOERFFER
Born in 1928, the writer and filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer joined the army’s cinematographic services in 1952 and left for Indochina, where he was taken prisoner following the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. He was demobilised in 1955 but remained in Vietnam, working as a war correspondent for various magazines. Having returned to France, he worked as a journalist before making his first documentary The Devil’s Pass. He published his first novel in 1963, The 317th Platoon, which he then adapted for the cinema. In 1976 his novel Drummer-Crab won the Grand Prix du Roman from the Académie Française.
Writer & Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer
Cinematography: Dominique Merlin
Sound: Raymond Adam
Source: Solaris Distribution