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Time of the Locust

Time of the Locust

Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this now classic film by Peter Gessner provides one of the strongest treatises against the war in Vietnam.

"Peter Gessner pioneered the anti-Vietnam war filmmaking movement with his 1966
Time of the Locust, one of the first, if not the very first documentary to take aim at the war. Today, it retains its ability to stir and anger." —Peter Biskind, author of 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' and 'Down and Dirty Pictures'

"Gessner's Time of the Locust is one of the best anti-Vietnam films made by underground filmmakers." —Susan Braudy, New York Magazine

"This motion picture is more powerful than collections of statistics, political rhetoric, and even the cleverest written argument. Its point is simple and dramatic: it exposes the cruel agony of Vietnam." —Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

"Brutal, truthful, terse, and extremely memorable" —New York Post

"Readers Poll: One of the best films of 1966." The Village Voice


Main credits

Gessner, Peter (film producer)
Gessner, Peter (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Music composed by Morton Feldman.

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Distributor subjects

American Studies
History (U.S.)
History (World)
Vietnam Era


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