"Sorry," an employee at the information desk told me. A lawyer protested that the prisoner's rights had not been read to him properly before he was arrested. For more than two hours you are unwillingly drawn to the awful events unfolding on the screen. She compares Casualties of War with Grand Illusion, Shoeshine, and The Godfather. They treat him as though he's crazy. Nashville (1:49) 16. Meserve already has been out of prison for almost twenty years. Tomorrow, a book called The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael (Library of America) will be published followed four days later by an unauthorized biography, Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark (Viking) by Brian Kellow. We’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, consider becoming a SLANT patron, or making a PayPal. Sean Penn portrays the sergeant who runs the platoon. Pauline Kael — Review of Casualties of War, p.176 . First there was Sergeant Meserve. . There was only one copy of Casualties of War listed at the main library in Phoenix. The killing of innocent civilians takes place in all wars. Help, Phoenix's independent source of local news and culture. Incredibly, Meserve was found not guilty of rape but guilty of murder. In many ways, it is peak Kael, with everything that irritates those who dislike her (that “we”) and everything that I admire: a gut-level intensity of response that offers more of what it’s like to watch Casualties of War than any … Meserve actually had been one of 200 men chosen for the honor guard that marched in Lyndon Johnson's inaugural parade in January 1965. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. ", "Not until he serves his sentence," came the answer. Club; The Parallax Review [D. B. Bates] The Reading Eagle [George Hatza] The Spokane Chronicle [Bob Strauss] Time Magazine [Richard Schickel] TomasTicciatiTube [Tomas Ticciati] (Italian) Toronto Film Scene [Andrew Parker] WhatDVD - Extended Cut; ZekeFilm.org [Robert Hornak] The man identified as Captain Kirk had been on the Salt Lake City police force for ten years. First to listen was a chaplain from Arizona named Gary Greenacre. This became necessary because the members of Eriksson's squad were trying to kill him. This is how it is with Casualties of War, Brian DePalma's tale of an atrocity in the Vietnam War. He put up his own money and filmed on his Connecticut estate. Eriksson was the lone prosecution witness at each one. They set you brooding about them for days. Though it was almost a month later, Eriksson found the dead woman. Better to find the paperback of the Library of America's "The Age of Movies: The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael." Circulation, The picture wasn't successful in this country. There was a discussion over whether to kill her at once or to keep her, hoping she'd get over her cold and provide more sex for the group. Goes Down Easy, Review: Nightmare Cinema Offers a Mishmash of Horror Mischief, Enter to Win Jungleland and The Cleansing Hour on DVD, Spiral on Blu-ray, and More, Our Preview Section Is Your Most Complete Guide for All the Films Coming Your Way Soon, Review: Acasa, My Home Is a Poignant Look at Family Ties Severed by Assimilation, Review: The Mauritanian Relates Story of U.S. DePalma tilts the deck in Meserve's favor but the sergeant still comes off as a figure from your worst nightmare. Eriksson is, of course, unable to stand up to Meserve and the rest of the crazed group. He had been a World War II overseas correspondent for the New Yorker in Italy, France, and England. "There's one thing that stands out about this case," Meserve's lawyer told the court. Four men are brought to trial. Pauline’s House Murals (4:05) 11. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls. Rafe and Manuel backed up Eriksson's story. She died in September of 2001. Jazz critic Francis Davis spent two days interviewing Pauline Kael at her home in the Berkshires in July 2000; she would die of Parkinson’s, at age 82, on Labor Day of the following summer. They killed her a few days later. 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All at once it is stunning, frightening, depressing--and a mesmerizing and unforgettable piece of moviemaking. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. All the sentences were for hard labor at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Fortunately, I have never been exposed to any of Fox's previous screen work. He had gone to West Germany and discovered that the current generation hardly knows anything about Adolf Hitler. "Then, after rehabilitation, I think there's a difference. They thought of him as a coward or possibly a homosexual. Eriksson finally finds a chaplain who will listen to his story. He, too, was eligible for release within half that time. Vincent Canby, a more mainline critic, compares it to On the Waterfront, Prince of the City, and Serpico, all tales of men who stood up to testify against wrong even thought it made them appear to be stool pigeons. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. While I may be putting Pauline Kael’s assertion that Casualties of War is De Palma’s finest film in suspicious context to say so, it stands as maybe the only great film by the director that I feel an unconscious crisis of conscience that makes me want to view it without an auteurist context. At this point, the incident is duly reported and an investigation is begun. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. People used to say that Gary Cooper was a fine actor probably because when they looked in his face they were ready to give him their power of attorney. He was a lapsed Catholic who had only gone through the ninth grade. Collections of her reviews were later published in book form. After the mission, Eriksson tries to report the crime to officers in his unit. They even accuse DePalma of trying to make soldiers look bad because DePalma himself did not serve in the war. These are not part of the real record and they appear only in an attempt to humanize Meserve; to make us think he was really a decent sort who merely went off his rocker after too much combat. That, at least, is the way DePalma ends his film. It is a picture so powerful that having seen it once, you may never dare to view it again. Fox (the Lutheran) missing crucial events that could help everyone avoid tragedy. The second brother went to court on the grounds that his confession was tainted. When the mission is over, they will kill her, thus destroying the evidence. He had been brought up in poverty in Buffalo, New York. Pauline at the Movies / Working With Gina (2:12) 14. All four courts-martial took place in 1967 in a thirty- by thirty-foot building with a tin roof in Vietnam. They are all given dishonorable discharges and stiff prison sentences. Casualties of War strikes notes—unique in De Palma’s work—of unmitigated existential disappointment. Cast: Michael J. I think I have. But Casualties of War is based on a true story that was reported for New Yorker magazine by Daniel Lang on October 18, 1969. They send you reeling from the theatre. It is the straightforward account of the gang rape and murder of an eighteen-year-old Vietnamese woman by American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Eriksson had originally thought he had been assigned to a squad of psychopaths. Kael’s last written words for The New Yorker (1994’s “The Movie Lover”) were: “I’m frequently asked why I don’t write my memoirs. Get the latest updates in news, food, music and culture, and receive special offers direct to your inbox, Phoenix Restaurant Directory: Takeout/Delivery/Dine-in, Baked Alaska No-Shows Scottsdale Hearing, Warrant Issued, The Departed 2020: Arizonans We’ll See on the Other Side. The Phoenix New Times may earn a portion of sales from products & services purchased through links on our site from our affiliate partners. Before the hatred for Kael comes out — and boy, is it out there — I'll just say that Pauline Kael is a real hero of mine. Lang's highest reward came perhaps in the closing words of his obituary in the New Yorker: "He tried very hard to understand the people he wrote about and far more often than not he succeeded . The Christian Science Monitor compared it to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. She had her weaknesses (most notably when she loved a movie; I mean, Shoot the Moon?Casualties of War?) Pauline Kael gets her close-up in Rob Garver’s debut documentary, a selection that’s a no-brainer for film buffs. DePalma (1:12) 18. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. ... (Casualties of War has the same kind of purity as Grand Illusion?) Pauline Arrives at The New Yorker / William Shawn (3:25) 12. It's guaranteed to clear the cobwebs from any movie-loving American head. Tags: Brian, What, older, learning, more, ways, vulnerable. Good or ill, they are only over if you chose not to think. Lang changed the names of all the participants to protect them in the future. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. He was acquitted. Kubrick, of course, didn’t have to claim that he lived Vietnam because it never occurred to him to prove that he was human, and Full Metal Jacket is thereby the only ice-cold jungle film. But the reactions of his fellow soldiers in Vietnam told him that most every enlisted man he met seemed to have the same mentality. The Exorcist / Great Barrington House (2:09) 17. "It did not occur in the United States. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. He had traveled to Sweden and had listened to the sad tales of men who'd deserted the army during the war. spy?". They believed it was pointless to ruin the careers of good soldiers. But we must get back to the story of Daniel Lang. Lang died of leukemia in November 1980 at the age of 68. It was, however, a smash hit in France because the French, far enough removed from their own disaster at Dien Bien Phu, were ready to concede that Vietnam was an evil swamp that tended to drown everyone who set foot in it. Of the two brothers, one got eight years and the other, fifteen. Meserve's sentence was cut from ten years to eight. 's were fools for "being ready to die for people who defecated in public and whose food was dirtier than anything in our garbage cans back home.". For that reason, I find him convincing in this role. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. And now it all begins again. For it Kazan, who had directed the Academy Award-winning On the Waterfront, wrote his own screen version of what happened after the sentencings. If this were a fictional account of the Vietnam War, there would be no reason to discuss the ending or any other aspect. A few rare films stun the senses. Penn's Sergeant Meserve is mad, cruel, cynical and terrifying. The film begins and ends with Fox in a streetcar, and the Vietnamese girl he sees sitting on the other side while drifting in and out of sleep becomes the catalyst for the entire film’s flashback structure. . They come seeking revenge because his testimony about a rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman sent them to prison. Bringing Eriksson with them, they went in search of the victim's body. Meserve was characterized by every witness, including his officers, as a genuine war hero. The New Yorker [Pauline Kael] The Norwalk Hour [Bob Thomas] The Onion A.V. The dead woman's name was Mao. Fussell wrote of World War II atrocities: "The American military learned that men will inevitably go mad in battle and that no appeal to patriotism, manliness or loyalty to the group will ultimately matter.". —Pauline Kael, 1989 review of Casualties of War. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. At first, the exorcism-like tone of the denouement feels all wrong, as though De Palma actually thought it possible to survey the wreckage of Vietnam and shrug it off by saying “Well that passed.” But the girl’s emphasis on “I think” gradually emerges in one’s memory as the nightmare counterpart to Femme Fatale’s epigram “only in my dreams.” De Palma’s movies are all dreams. (I mean that as a compliment.). It deserves that accolade for the sheer number of difficult things it does well. Godard (2:00) 15. Find all 20 songs in What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Soundtrack, with scene descriptions. It's as simple and brutal as that. The infamous film critic Pauline Kael's top rated films as of the time of her demise in 2001. I searched the shelves for it in vain. Indeed, it would likely be the most difficult-to-watch sequence De Palma ever filmed even if it weren’t based on a true event. Despite his own terror of Meserve, Eriksson even toys with the idea of helping the young woman escape. Casualties of War received an extraordinary reception from critics when it was published as a 123-page book. This documentary about Pauline Kael hits all the expected beats: Limelight, Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Sound of Music, Bonnie and Clyde, Last Tango in Paris, "Raising Kane," Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Shoah, and Casualties of War. Finally, there were the brothers, Rafe and Manuel, from San Antonio, Texas. Meserve denied the killing. Neither name shows up in phone directories and so it's possible that Lang also devised fictitious names for them as well. I never can get the library copying machines to work properly and so several days later, I had to go back to the library stacks in the basement and read the article again. Pauline Kael reached national attention in the 1960s, first in a brief stint as critic for The New Republic, finally as a longtime fixture at The New Yorker (1968-1991). At the outset of a search for enemy caves, Meserve tells his men he intends to commandeer a village woman and bring her along. Pauline Kael (The New Yorker critic) has called it without question the greatest Vietnam movie she’s ever seen. Collections of her reviews were later published in book form. He uses his split-diopeter shots to show Michael J. Vietnam veterans, who are now becoming an obnoxious lobby of their own, are protesting. Lang's style was to lend a sympathetic ear to people in extreme situations. At the conclusion, they beat Woods' character nearly to death and rape his wife. Review of Casualties of War (1989) By Pauline Kael(541)for The New Yorker(14,422)on 05 Jul 2019 Given the seriousness of the subject matter, it's surprising—and ballsy—that De Palma makes Casualties Of War a full-on De Palma movie,… Pauline Kael's review of Casualties of War. "Why throw good lives after bad?" Share. Meserve, becoming irritated because of Eriksson's refusal to take part, threatened to have him "killed in action." Writing in the Washington Post, Ward Just said: " . And because he seeks to expose the crime, Eriksson himself becomes a target for murder by his former combat buddies. And Pauline discovered me. ", "Do you think a man found guilty of murder should be punished?" We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. His lieutenant called him the best soldier he had ever seen. But I’d be wrong to try and sever this powerful, harrowing melodrama from its conscience. His original sentence was ten years. Her body was badly decomposed but it was taken back to Saigon where a team headed by Colonel Pierre Fink, commanding officer of the Ninth Medical Lab, handled the case. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. "Yes, but knowing Meserve as an individual, I would accept him back in the unit. The New Yorker's Kael cites Paul Fussell's new book, Wartime. Listen to trailer music, OST, original score, and the full list of popular songs in the film. Pauline Kael is an eccentric critic. There was, of course, the additional problem of filming on location while a war was in progress. Lang doesn't tell us where in Arizona Greenacre lived, merely that he was a Mormon chaplain. ). Four separate trials were conducted. For some reason they talked to him and told him fascinating offbeat stories. It wasn't until weeks after the killing that Eriksson found someone who would listen to his story. She was 82 Terms, The lieutenant was asked, "Do you think a murderer should be retained in the United States Army? Legendary New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael is the subject of a new documentary, now at the Gene Siskel Film Center. His malleable camera lens turns the house of rape into an amorphous domain that seems to be sinking back into the maw of a godless void. Pauline’s Generosity (1:29) 13. It comes inches short of what the My Lai Massacre was all about. Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free. Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic best known for the reviews she wrote in The New Yorker. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. He is the evil energy that makes the film work. "I guess that was the big thing that happened in the war for me," he said. Eriksson told the court that the woman was between the ages of eighteen and twenty and that she had a gold tooth in the front of her mouth. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy. A film, in fact, whose central real-life tragedy—a five-man Army unit in the shit in Vietnam pop off and kidnap a young Vietnamese girl with the express purpose of raping her, to the horror of the essentially Catholic group’s resident Lutheran—reveals such turf wars as the venal egghead slapfests they are? DePalma spares us the real-life ending, possibly because it would make the film much too depressing to survive as a commercial venture. She compares Casualties of War with Grand Illusion, Shoeshine, and The Godfather. He reported the event for the New Yorker by first reading all seven volumes of the trial transcripts in the offices of the clerk of the courts at United States Army Judiciary in Falls Church, Virginia. 1. "How could you know the dead girl really wasn't a V.C. Use of this website constitutes acceptance of our terms of use, our cookies policy, and our privacy policy. She was considered by many to be the most influential American film critic of the last 50 years. Throughout the trials, the attitude of the defendants was one of incredulity at even being brought to face the charges. "It was borrowed a long time ago and never returned. We really need to know what happened after the four men were sentenced. Privacy, These cookies do not store any personal information. Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. It was a triumph for Stone, but its success was also a cathartic sigh of relief for everyone who felt bad about all those legless Vets but never seemed to have any change in their pockets passing them on the street. Several days after she was taken away, her mother convinced a South Vietnam army unit to help her search for her daughter. Woody Allen (0:37) 19. How did it leave Eriksson, who will have to live with what he saw for the rest of his life? Clark pleaded innocent, too. Careers, Then there was Corporal Clark, who stabbed the woman. After the first day, the woman was sick and coughing. Michael J. Someone joked to Eriksson: "Between us and Charlie, we've taken care of that whole family." Of course this proposition would suit the Queen Anti-Sarrisite all too well, and what better way to go out swinging than on the side of a film whose power can be attributed to De Palma but not owned by him or his style? Clark told the court he was interested in going to college and majoring in philosophy or literature. This isn't the context in which one wants to make bad jokes about Paul Harvey but Casualties of War cries out for the rest of the story. Eriksson's actions were deplored by all other soldiers with whom he came in contact. We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. The scene of the burning village in Platoon is one of the most frightening ever filmed. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: California Privacy Policy | California Collection Notice | Do Not Sell My Info. He had attended the antiwar trial of Dr. Benjamin Spock and had given a devastating account of the government's role. Added to the film are a scene showing Meserve saving Eriksson's life during earlier combat action and a harrowing sequence of the death of Meserve's best army buddy. They were afraid to make it while the war was still going on because the subject matter was too controversial. Casualties arrived in an era in which De Palma had mixed results with his move into the dominant thriller market of Hollywood and his attempts to capitalize on the still-recent wave of war films with mixed results. Torture with an Impersonal Touch. Staff, All rights reserved. Years later, looking through the helpless, self-accusing eyes of his protagonist, De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era. Support Us It was so astonishing that I didn't take notes. Her disgraceful review of Shoah is quoted at length, and the film's defense boils down to: "No movie is sacrosanct, and hey, at least she was honest, right?" They want no part of this business. About Us, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Cimino seized the opportunity to make their Vietnam epics into (dazzling) self-referential endurance tests, as though they wanted to see if they could concoct obstacle courses from cranes, volatile thespians, and location shoots just to later claim, “Man, I lived it.” Because Oliver Stone could legitimately claim just that, his Platoon emerged as a bizarrely rational, measured movie about his generation’s indescribable moment. Pauline Kael is an eccentric critic. Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix. The woman is raped repeatedly over several days and then brutally and sloppily murdered according to Meserve's plan. Clark, who joked that he had gutted the woman three times with his bayonet, was sentenced to life for murder. Then it was reduced to eight and that made him eligible for parole after half that time. His sentence was subsequently shortened to 22 months, and it was decided he'd already served enough time to be released. (Colonel Fink was one of three pathologists who had performed the autopsy on President John F. Kennedy a few years previously. This, in turn, was inspired by a true incident which illustrated the dehumanizing aspects of the Vietnam experience. The London Observer called it "a classic story of the brutalizing effects of war comparable to the Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front.". one can only marvel at the fine sense of morality, intelligence and literary skill of the man who put it together.". I went to the Phoenix Public Library and read Lang's piece, which is also called Casualties of War. Not long after that, Mao's sister also was killed by the Viet Cong. (1989) For my money, this lengthy New Yorker piece -- which I read and re-read for a solid hour in the magazine aisle of the SMU bookstore 17 years ago -- is the greatest one-off movie review ever written for a mainstream publication. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. Meserve was only twenty and had already served a year in Vietnam. And this isn't the only Vietnam film that depicts such actions. – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker, 1989 Kael’s eight-page review of Brian De Palma’s Casualties of War (1989), one of the last films that elicited a truly ecstatic response before she retired from The New Yorker , is also one of her most baffling (the film is affecting and well-made, to be sure, but does it rank with Grand Illusion ? Eriksson spent the rest of his yearlong tour in Vietnam as a carpenter and a military policeman. And Pauline hasn’t liked a movie of mine in eight years. After Hiroshima, he had become dedicated to learning all he could about nuclear weapons. at once a mysterious, charming, pensive, self-effacing, worried, lovable man, he will be keenly missed by this magazine.". Pauline Kael (/keɪl/; June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. It has to be said that concluding with reviews of 1989’s Casualties of War (while not nearly as bad as its detractors would have it, the film doesn’t deserve Kael’s hosannas of praise) and 1990’s The Grifters (a middling film, at best) is a letdown. They will all amuse themselves by raping her at will. . Moviegoers like to believe that those they have made stars are great actors. Yes, sir.". Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. 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