In the Year of the Pig

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In the Year of the Pig
DVD cover art
Directed byEmile de Antonio
Produced byJohn Attlee
Emile de Antonio[1]
Terry Morrone
Orville Schell
Edited by
Music bySteve Addiss
Distributed byPathé America
Release date
  • February 26, 1969 (1969-02-26)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States

In the Year of the Pig is an American documentary film directed by Emile de Antonio about American involvement in the Vietnam War.[3][a] It was released in 1968 while the U.S. was in the middle of its military engagement, and was politically controversial.[4] One year later, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[5][6][7] In 1990, Jonathan Rosenbaum characterized the film as "the first and best of the major documentaries about Vietnam".[8]


The film, which is in black and white, contains much historical footage[9] and many interviews.[10] Those interviewed include Harry Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Philippe Devillers, David Halberstam, Roger Hilsman, Jean Lacouture, Kenneth P. Landon, Thruston B. Morton, Paul Mus, Charlton Osburn, Harrison Salisbury, Ilya Todd, John Toller, David K. Tuck, David Wurfel and John White.[7][11]

Produced during the Vietnam War, the film was greeted with hostility by many audiences, with bomb threats and vandalism directed at theaters that showed it.[12][13] When confronted with the charge that In the Year of the Pig had a leftist perspective, de Antonio conceded the point, replying: “Only God is objective, and he doesn’t make films.”[14]

Home media[edit]

In the Year of the Pig was released as a region 1 DVD in 2005. In addition to the film, the DVD has audio commentary with director Emile de Antonio composed from archival sources, an interview with de Antonio, and liner notes by de Antonio scholar Douglas Kellner.[15]


A still photograph used in the film that displayed Marine Corporal Michael Wynn later was incorporated into the album cover for The Smiths' second album Meat Is Murder (1985). The insignia on Wynn's helmet was changed to "meat is murder".[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See the full documentary on Youtube: In the Year of the Pig, in which Paul Mus began to talk at video time 6:26. See also Section External links.


  1. ^ The 42nd Academy Awards | 1970. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved on August 18, 2020
  2. ^ Helen Slote Levitt has been mistakenly credited as an editor of this film; Helen Levitt, who is well known as a photographer but who also had a long career in film editing and cinematography, was the editor. See Barsam, Richard Meran (1992). Nonfiction Film: A Critical History. Indiana University Press. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-253-20706-7.
  3. ^ Hoberman, J. (May 2, 2018). "In the Heat of Battle, 'In the Year of the Pig'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "In the Year of the Pig". MUBI. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Fred Astaire Cuts Loose: 1970 Oscars. Oscars on YouTube.
  6. ^ "In the Year of the Pig (1969)". Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Niemi, Robert (2006). "In the Year of the Pig (1968)". History in the Media: Film and Television. ABC-CLIO. p. 154. ISBN 9781576079522.
  8. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (May 18, 1990). "The Life and File of an Anarchist Filmmaker". The Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ BAMPFA
  10. ^ Point of Order! (1964) - Home Video Reviews -
  11. ^ Thompson, Howard (November 11, 1969). "The Screen:' In the Year of the Pig,' Documentary, Bows". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Lewis, Randolph (2000). "In the Year of the Pig". Emile de Antonio: Radical Filmmaker in Cold War America. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 92. ISBN 9780299169138.
  13. ^ "Cold War Chronicles: The Films of Emile de Antonio". Harvard Film Archive. September 10–29, 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  14. ^ Schwartzman, 2004. UCLA
  15. ^ "In the Year of the Pig". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  16. ^ Corder, Josh (August 7, 2020). "Supreme's next pop-culture inspiration: The Smiths". Esquire Middle East. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  17. ^ Barker, Emily (August 3, 2015). "The Smiths – The Stories Behind All 27 Of Their Provocative Album And Single Sleeves". NME. Retrieved August 18, 2020.


  • Schwartzman, Theresa. 2004. In the Year of the Pig, 1968. UCLA Film and Television Archive: 12th Festival of Preservation, July 22-August 21, 2004. Festival guest publication.

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