The B-Side – Vietnam War Movies (with Brian Raftery)

Welcome to The B-Side from The Film Stage. Here we usually talk about movie stars! Not the movies that made them famous or kept them famous, but the ones that they made in between. Today, we talk to a great film writer about a great film subgenre! Brian Raftery! Vietnam War Movie B-Sides!

Brian (author of the wonderful Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen) released a wonderful podcast mini-series for The Ringer called Do We Get to Win This Time? this past summer. It examines the evolution of the American Vietnam War movie through the decades. Raftery speaks with everybody for this thing, from Oliver Stone to Dale Dye.

Our B-Sides today are: Hearts and Minds, The Little Girl of Hanoi, and Hamburger Hill.

We cover plenty more, dissecting movies made by both American and Vietnamese filmmakers. From when we first became aware of Vietnam as a war, to our favorite Vietnam war films, to highlighting additional underrated B-Sides in this subgenre.

For more from The B-Side, you can check out highlights of actors/directors and the films discussed in one place here.

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