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Question: Which do you feel is the most comprehensive and compelling documentary made?
17th Parallel: Vietnam in War - 0 (0%)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam - 0 (0%)
Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War - 2 (100%)
The Fog of War - 0 (0%)
Far from Vietnam - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 2

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« on: October 04, 2010, 03:43:03 PM »

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I gave my vote for Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, I have probably seen the series 3 or 4 times. I understand when it first came out there was some controversy however with the exception of perhaps "World at War" this is probably the most detailed account of any conflict in the past 100 years.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 04:34:22 PM »

I am generally not fond of documentaries about the Vietnam war.  While pictures can be very evocative, "a picture is worth a thousand words", more often than not they can be misleading.   Especially in the case of the Vietnam war.  It is much too complex a subject to capture accurately for TV.  Too much must be left out or redacted in order to tell a story that is not easy to tell. 

For example, in the Ten thousand day war, one of the first things they say is that the U.S. originally supported Ho Chi Minh, after explaining that Ho had declared independence in 1945.  This is just not so.  The US gave a very limited amount of support to the Viet Minh during World War II to help recover downed American pilots.  The US never officially recognized Ho as the leader of the Vietnamese nor did they recognize the Independent, Socialist Vietnam that he declared in 1945.  Yet the impression that the documentary left was that the US backed Ho, then changed their mind. 

This is just a small example of how it is difficult to tell this story in a TV format.  The clips I have seen of the Ten thousand day war are not bad, but they are still replete with factual difficulties like the one mentioned above. 

To be fair though, I have not seen all the Ten Thousand Day War nor none of these other documentaries listed above, I am more of a reader on the subject than watcher, so I will have to go to youtube and see what I can dig up. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 05:36:59 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdkSuz8wFg

Is a good link for the entire series, it is broken down into 65 ten minute episodes and they will loop to the next one if chosen as a playlist.

I find the interviews they show the most interesting, from General Westmorland, to CIA operators, Ambassadors to the leaders of NVM, short of having POTUS interviewed it is really interesting behind the scenes stuff.

Really some interesting political in-fighting even after the fact between former leaders Nguyen Cao Ky and Nguy?n V?n Thi?u, it is obvlous they were rivals and even years after the end they did not care for each other.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2011, 04:50:38 PM »

I have never seen the 1000 day war in full, I have been meaning to for years, I caught some of it along time ago back in the late 80's when i was
in NY for a few years, so have made the effort and am now watching 30 minutes on Youtube each morning before work, what I am finding very interesting
in the whole run up from WW2, but having problems reading between the lines of truth and the propergander, has there been any newer documentaries
that may have more truth ?

I am just into the third hour but it is very good.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 04:47:13 PM »

Scholarship on the Vietnam war has come a long way over the years.  There is far more complete and accurate information on the war available now, than there ever has been before and new research is being published all the time. 

Unfortunately I don't think any of this has translated into a good documentary on the war yet.  Most of the documentary stuff I have seen is based on the perceptions and "conventional wisdom" that existed at the time of the war, rather than any solid scholarship or research done since. 
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