2008-03-11

George Englund and "The Ugly American"

From the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies:

The Ugly American, starring Marlon Brando and directed by George Englund, was released in 1963 and has since gathered a reputation among many critics as "the most intelligent and prescient Hollywood film of the Vietnam genre." Cine will screen a restored print of the film at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Between the 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. screenings, George Englund himself will be on hand to discuss the making of film.

Says movie critic William Arnold: “When The Ugly American was released in 1963, it was pretty much of a flop. It was very political, the movie public was not particularly interested in its subject matter -- U.S. policy in Southeast Asia -- and the critics had recently turned on Brando. But over the past 40 years, the film has stayed alive on television and video, it has gathered a cult of admirers.” According to David Saltz, Head of UGA’s Deparatment of Theatre and Film Studies, “The Ugly American has become remarkably relevant again today. The film’s depiction of America’s role in Southeast Asia in the 1960s is startlingly reminiscent of our current military adventures in the Middle East,”

George Englund has had a long and varied career in Hollywood as director, writer, and producer. He was most recently involved in the “mammoth, epic-length” documentary Brando, the film festival hit that provides an in-depth look into the life and career of Englund’s long-time business partner.

Englund will also be giving a lecture, open to the public, on Friday, March 21 at 12:20 p.m. in Room 53 of the Fine Arts Building on the corner of Baldwin and Lumpkin. For further information, contact the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at (706) 583-0045.

George Englund’s visit to Athens and the screening of The Ugly American are sponsored by the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. For more information about the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, visit www.drama.uga.edu.

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