Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

A French British German documentary directed by Werner Herzog, starring Dieter Dengler.
An American fighter pilot who was shot down over Laos tells the story of his imprisonment by the Viet Cong.
This is Rescue Dawn (2007) as a documentary. The best part is that they got the actual guy to star in the film. He shows all of his quirks and tells his whole story, mostly in the locations where it happened and with accurate props. They even used accurate extras. Some of the Laotian extras seemed a little bit uncomfortable with their roles in the film, but the others did a great job. They even went to the point of tying Dieter up and marching him through the jungle. He also explains that the Laotians were not always abusive towards him. They taught him some jungle survival skills that the American instructional films could not. Just as the tutorial video is mocked in Rescue Dawn, Dieter mocks the film in this. It was really cool to see the true story in documentary fashion that inspired a film "based on a true story". Overall, this is mandatory viewing to accompany Rescue Dawn. I rate it good.

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