In the Year of the Pig

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In the Year of the Pig
Directed by Emile de Antonio
Produced by John Attlee
Emile de Antonio
Terry Morrone
Orville Schell
Music by Steve Addiss
Edited by Helen Levitt[1]
Hannah Moreinis
Release dates
October 25, 1968
Country United States
Language English

In the Year of the Pig is a 1968 American documentary film about the origins of the Vietnam War, directed by Emile de Antonio. It was nominated for an Academy award for best documentary.[2]

The film, which is in black and white, contains much historical footage and many interviews. 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 Werfel and John White.

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.[3]

De Antonio cites the film as his personal favorite. It features the ironic use of patriotic music, portrays Ho Chi Minh as a patriot to the Vietnamese people, and asserts that Vietnam was always a single country rather than two.

The poster, displaying Marine Corporal Michael Wynn, was famously used as an album cover for The Smiths' second album, Meat Is Murder. The insignia on Wynn's helmet was changed to "meat is murder".

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  1. ^ Helen Slote Levitt has been mistakenly credited as the 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. 
  2. ^ "NY Times: In the Year of the Pig". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ Cold War Chronicles: The Films of Emile de Antonio

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