The Quiet American film
For this assignment, you are required to watch the film carefully, taking notes along the way, and then answer the following questions
1)What year is the movie set in, and where does the year place the movie in terms of the time span of the First Indochina War, i.e., early stages of the war, later stages, etc.?
2)Early in the movie, after Pyle and Fowler have just met, they are walking down a street in Saigon and Pyle is saying that Vietnam needs democracy. What is Fowlers reaction to this statement, and who does he say would be elected if Vietnam had a democratic election?
3)What happens when Fowler journeys up to Phat Diem and goes on patrol with French soldiers? What does he see, and whom do the French soldiers blame for what has happened? What is Fowlers response re: where to place the blame?
4)Who is General The, and what is Pyles/the U.S.s relationship with him and his so-called Third Force?
5)Towards the end of the movie, Fowler is sitting at his usual spot at a sidewalk table across the street from the milk bar that Phuong frequents. A pivotal event occurs: what happens, and most importantly, what is unusual (and symbolic) about Pyles actions at this at this scene? What is revealed about Pyle?
6)After the movie has ended, reflect back on the three main characters. Graham Greene clearly intended the characters to symbolize larger themes, i.e. Pyle representing America and American attitudes, Fowler representing Anglo-European old ways and colonialism, and Phuong representing Vietnam. Discuss each characters attitudes, motivations, and behaviors in terms of the larger symbolism of their respective roles (this will be the longest response of the six questions).
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