The Quiet American

1958

Drama / Romance

4
IMDb Rating 6.8

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dfinberg 7/10

Audie Murphy is wooden in his portrayal of the American and, in a twistto the novel, is the hero of the piece. Not quite what Greene had inmind but relevant to events in the USA during the McCarthy era whenthis film was made (1958).<br><br>Phuong has not been given the importance she demands in the novel. Theway in which she is 'colonised' by first Fowler and then the American(Pyle in the novel, but not named in this film) is a comment on the wayin which the foreign landscape is depicted and also on how the countryhas been colonised. Despite this she is also manipulative.<br><br>However, having said some negative things about this production of TheQuiet American, it is a MUST view for the portrayal of tensions in thecold war era and the USA's twist to events as they unfold. Rememberthat Audie Murphy and Joseph L. Mankiewicz testified for HUAC againsttheir fellow actors and colleagues at the height of McCarthyism.<br><br>This film is totally relevant to events unfolding today and for allthose interested in the effects of colonialism and the rise of theVietnam War. What is interesting about this film is the different takeon events portrayed in Greene's superb novel, unfortunately, some ofwhich were omitted or subverted in the 1958 film.<br><br>This film should be followed by the Philip Noyce version of The QuietAmerican (2001) with Michael Caine as Thomas Fowler and Brendan Fraseras Pyle (the American in the Mankiewicz version). There is a goodopportunity to contrast and compare the two versions which are verydifferent, given that the Noyce Quiet American is closer to the novel.<br><br>I would also recommend for light relief that viewers watch the MashSeason 2 TV series in which we see Colonel Flag of the CIA raising afew loud laughs.

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Reviewed by secondtake 9/10

The Quiet American (1958)<br><br>I think this is an extraordinary film. At the time, Americans didn&#x27;tlike it because it made them look bad, and the writer of the book it isbased on, Graham Greene, didn&#x27;t like it because it changed too much ofhis anti-American plot. But as a film, whatever its blurring of truthto history, is true about human nature. The credit for this goes notonly to Greene, the enormously gifted writer and co-screenwriter, butalso to the director, one of the lesser known American masters attelling a romantic story, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also helped withthe screenplay. <br><br>The two are a perfect match, really, because both are all aboutsubtlety and observation. Greene in particular has a way of bringing upthe biggest issues in the most intimate and delicate ways, nevergrandiose, always psychologically sharp. And that is carried forwardhere in Vietnam a decade before the American War of the 1960s. TheCommunists are already fighting in the north, the French are gettingready to abandon the country to the Americans, and a British reporteris the center of our attention, not quite on anyone&#x27;s side.<br><br>There are two key characters, the reporter played with astonishingdepth and acumen by Michael Redgrave, and &#x22;the American&#x22;, played towarda caricature by Audie Murphy, with enough twists to his character toavoid over-stereotyping.<br><br>Greene&#x27;s observations of American do-good naivet&#xE9; are fascinating, andthe way this gets mixed (poisoned) with American meddling and militarysubversion is way ahead of its time. Or is it? It might be simplyobservant of the facts in 1950s Vietnam. Greene was a reporter himselfthere then, and after this book was published he was followed byAmerican Intelligence until his death in 1991. One of the brilliantaspects of this movie is how it is not simply a love story, but has atrenchant, disturbing comment to make about world affairs, from theinside.<br><br>Still, love intrudes, and the crossed loves of the two men for the sameyoung Vietnamese woman is less clich&#xE9;d than you might expect. The storyis moving without being sentimental. And all of this is layered up withthe actual Imperialist/Colonialist facts of the time. The conflictingsides of a war that few really understood (it seems) until twenty yearslater are here in their full formed germinations. Unlike the MichaelCaine version of the same story (from 2002), this one was made beforehistory had unfolded. It&#x27;s endlessly almost chillingly fascinating,even though Greene&#x27;s anti-war (and somewhat anti-American) tone waslargely removed. The later movie might be closer to the book, but itfeels like a movie made about history, not one that predicts it. <br><br>There are some scenes here, priceless ones, shot in Vietnam in 1958,the rest is done (with terrific light and set design) in an Italianfilm studio. Greene was British and the production Italian, butMankiewicz was American, and fully steeped in American filmmaking andmyth making. It&#x27;s this last aspect that is key--the movie is made tothe highest standards of 1940s American melodramas, even having an echo(in terms of light and drama and style) of William Wyler&#x27;s &#x22;The Letter&#x22;also set in Southeast Asia. The filming is astonishing--the photographyis in the hands of Robert Krasker, who shot &#x22;The Third Man&#x22; and &#x22;BriefEncounter&#x22; to give you an idea of the moody richness of his style. <br><br>And as a melodrama it comes down to the crumbling personal world ofFowler. At the end, in the busy night streets of a chaotic Saigon, hesays, &#x22;I wish there was someone to whom I could say I&#x27;m sorry.&#x22; I foundit the final moving, beautiful strain of truth and pathos in a veryspecial movie.

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Reviewed by yostwl 10/10

Graham Greene did not have a comfortable vision of the world--or at leastofthe activities of human beings in the world. While very few movies dojustice to books on which they are based, the Quiet American is a chillingforewarning of what the United States would be letting itself in for intheyears to come. Murphy, always an appealing figure on the screen but notnoted for truly great acting depth and breadth, is ideal for thisunderstated role. A very well done thriller which addresses racism,colonialism, various &quot;economic&quot;isms, all the while focusing on theindividual human impacts of high level decision-making. Are we justpawns,forced into just following orders, or do we have the responsibility totakeaction on the side of what we know to be right, in spite of the personalcost?

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