The 317th Platoon
Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer
Script: Pierre Schoendoerffer (after his own novel)
Cinematographer: Raoul Coutard
Editing: Armand Psenny
Sound: Te Hak Kheng, Jean Nény
Music: Pierre Jansen, Gregorio Garcia Segura
Cast: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre, Manuel Zarzo
Production: Georges de Beauregard, Benito Perojo
35 mm, B & W, 100 min,
French, Vietnamese with French Subtitles
In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.
War reporter during Indochina conflict, Pierre Schoendoerffer has avoided the usual stereotypes of propaganda, victory fields or moraldiscourses to preserve the entire truth. He portrays at best men at war, without any special treatment, depicted in grey and not black and white with some things open for discussion and others one cannot agree upon. But the treatment is done in the way of the best war movies.
« War is not a spectacle, nor an adventure. One cannot cheat. Too many people have been marked and will remain like this, so one should not play around, nor dimunish the facts ». P. Schoendoerffer.