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La 317ème section = The 317th Platoon

Author: Pierre SchoendoerfferRaoul CoutardPierre JansenJacques PerrinBruno CremerAll authors
Publisher: New York : Interama, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : FrenchView all editions and formats
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On May 3rd 1954, as the battle of Dien Bien Phu is reaching its end, the 317th Platoon of auxiliary Laotian soldiers receive the order to retreat. The platoon is formed of four French and 41 Laotians under their command. The order is to reach the entrenched camp of Dien Bien Phu ; 8 days later, the platoon will be destroyed, Dien Bien Phu will have fallen. Schoendoerffer follows the men through the jungle as they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Schoendoerffer; Raoul Coutard; Pierre Jansen; Jacques Perrin; Bruno Cremer; Pierre Fabre; Manuel Zarzo; Armand Psenny; René Demoulin; Georges Liron; Interama (Firm); Productions Georges de Beauregard.; Rome Paris Films.; Rank Organisation.; Films Incorporated.
OCLC Number: 30367078
Language Note: In French with English subtitles.
Notes: A foreign film -- France.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1965.
A coproduction of Rome-Paris Films and Productions Georges de Beauregard.
Credits: Written and directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer ; director of photography, Raoul Coutard ; editor, Armand Psenny ; director of production, René Demoulin ; cameraman, Georges Liron.
Cast: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre, Manuel Zarzo, et al.
Event notes: Shot entirely in Cambodia in 1965.
Description: 1 videocassette (ca. 94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Other Titles: 317th Platoon
Responsibility: un film écrit et dirigé par Pierre Schoendoerffer ; [presenté par] "The Rank Organization."

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On May 3rd 1954, as the battle of Dien Bien Phu is reaching its end, the 317th Platoon of auxiliary Laotian soldiers receive the order to retreat. The platoon is formed of four French and 41 Laotians under their command. The order is to reach the entrenched camp of Dien Bien Phu ; 8 days later, the platoon will be destroyed, Dien Bien Phu will have fallen. Schoendoerffer follows the men through the jungle as they are slowly annihilated in ambushes, in attacks, and by diseases. He captures the inarticulate anguish and solitude of each man trying to survive and of two in particular - a veteran sargeant to whom battle is a way of life, - and a young French officer fresh from military school. Their impersonal, hierarchical and rather hostile relationship becomes an unlikely friendship.

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