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The Ugly American (1963)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 6, 2011

Nominated at the Golden Globes for best actor and best director; nominated for best screenplay by Writers Guild of American.

This is one of Marlon Brando’s great roles. This political drama is based on real facts, but the story has been dramatized in order to send a clear signal for the Americans against the political, economic and military interventionism in Asia. Thailand [en, wiki] has been one of the greatest free nations of Asia for more than 200 years. Even in the XIX th century,then known as the Kingdom of Siam, surrounded by British colonies, it has resisted, keeping the balance between its economic needs and its military protection. To see this film made half a century ago, you can understand the essence of the Cold War, the stakes of the conflict between China and USA and the mechanism of American interventionism.

Although it might be accused with didacticism, the film takes its point across and proves to be a film with documentary and historical value. Not a very good movie, but one well worth seeing, even for the simple reason it is one of Hollywood’s relatively fair portrayals of the Thailand nation.

My rating: 6 / 10 (good movie)

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