• Short Summary

    IN SAIGON THE WEEKEND COMES AS A LULL BETWEEN BATTLES. IN A COUNTRY IN WHICH?

  • Description

    IN SAIGON THE WEEKEND COMES AS A LULL BETWEEN BATTLES. IN A COUNTRY IN WHICH THE REST OF THE WEEK IS TOO OFTEN DEVOTED TO DYING THE 48 HOURS AT THE WEEKEND ARE EAGERLY SNATCHED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO DEVOTE THEM TO LIVING.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARE ASSUMING A GREATER RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WAR AND THEY ARE BEARING 80 PER CENT OF THE CASUALTIES. FOR THE YOUTH OF THE COUNTRY THE CALL TO ARMS IS NEVER FAR DISTANT, BUT UNTIL IT COMES MOST OF THEM PREFER TO WHILE AWAY THEIR TIME IN THE CINEMAS AND COFFEE HOUSES WITH THEIR GIRL FRIENDS.

    YOUNG MEN, CONSCIOUS OF THE MILITARY DISCIPLINE THAT LOOMS BEFORE THEM, GROW THEIR HAIR LONG AND WEAR BRIGHT CLOTHES. THEY ARE SAIGON'S HIPPIES. SOME OF THE YOUNG GIRLS FIND SOLACE -- AND SOMETIMES MONEY -- IN THE COMPANIONSHIP OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS.

    BUT THE WAR IS NEVER FAR AWAY. IT COMES RIGHT TO THE STREET CORNER WHERE MILITARY POLICE CHECK YOUNG MEN -- IN CASE THE ARE DESERTERS WHO HAVE FOUND THE PLEASURES OF SAIGON STRONGER THAN THE CALL TO DUTY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAX4ZYITHVKBA0LJ8494RM6R4D
    Media URN:
    VLVAAX4ZYITHVKBA0LJ8494RM6R4D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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