[Marxism] The Good Soldier

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 10 10:19:35 MST 2009

With the massacre at Fort Hood and reports that President Obama is 
about to approve the sending of 40,000 additional troops to 
Afghanistan, “The Good Soldier” arrives at movie theaters in the 
nick of time. What is needed desperately right now is a shot in 
the arm for the antiwar movement and this deeply moving 
documentary about the conversion of five soldiers to the cause of 
peace supplies it in spades.

It opens tomorrow at the Village East Theater in NYC tomorrow and 
elsewhere around the country soon thereafter. Check 
http://www.thegoodsoldier.com/ for screening information.

Covering some of the same territory as the 2006 “The Ground 
Truth”, including one of its principals—the remarkable Marine 
Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, “The Good Soldier” is distinguished 
by its ability to evoke the often painful stories out of the five 
veterans to maximum effect. While not quite dealing with the same 
subject matter of Ford Maddox Ford’s 1915 novel with which it 
shares its title, this documentary directed by the wife and 
husband Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys could have begun with the same 
words that open Ford’s novel: “This is the saddest story I have 
ever heard.” Unlike the Ford novel, however, this story ends 
happily as the five soldiers unburden themselves from their guilt 
and join the antiwar movement as an act of salvation both for them 
and for humanity.

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