The Pritzker Military Libary in Chicago’s Saturday Film Series continues this Saturday, March 12, with a showing of The Green Berets (1968), the only movie John Wayne directed—and the only Hollywood Vietnam War movie made and shown during the war itself.
Wayne also stars in this unabashedly anti-antiwar film as an unlikely looking (read: old and overweight) Special Forces Colonel fighting the nasty Viet Cong. When the film was shown to the troops in Vietnam during the war it was met with derisive laughter because it was so eggregiously unrealistic.
That includes one especially embarrassing gaffe: the final scene in which Wayne and another Green Beret are walking along the beach as the sun sets over the South China Sea–in the East.
The film starts at 1:00 p.m. at the library, located at 104 S. Michigan Ave.
It will be preceded by a brief talk by the historian Jason Waak. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For info, call 312-374-9333