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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012

Venice Classics

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Three London actors, obsessed by the photograph of a wounded Vietnamese child, try to understand the spiral of violence in the Vietnam War. Meetings, discussions, demonstrations and testimony about key events tell the nonsense of war, with a powerful use of satirical songs and devastating ironic.
4 September 17:00 - Sala Perla 6 September 14:30 - Sala Pasinetti 7 September 14:30 - Sala Pasinetti VENICE CLASSICS Tell Me Lies (1968) by Peter Brook - UK, 108'
language: English - s/t Italian
Mark Jones, Pauline Munro, Robert Lloyd, Glenda Jackson
Director's Statement
The opening of the film Tell Me Lies, based on US, two years later shows a young couple, Bob Llyod and Pauline Munro. They look at the photo in a magazine of a baby monstrously mutilated by napalm and at once their lives change. They ask is London aware, is London concerned? For the small band of us in the RSC, images of napalmscorched Vietnam came as the same shock. We had a field of our own, the theater. Within the theater, we saw that there were no play touching this theme, not even in the pile of manuscripts submitted daily by budding authors to the Literary Department. So what action could we take? The answer was obvious. We had access to a company of actors, we could fix a production date. That was enough.