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The Troubles We've Seen, A History of Journalism in Wartime - First Journey

The Troubles We've Seen, A History of Journalism in Wartime - First Journey

A Feature film by Marcel Ophüls

Produced by Little Bear

Release in France : 23/11/1994

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Bac Films Distribution

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We follow Marcel Ophuls' two journeys to Sarajevo in 1993. He is starting a documentary about war correspondants. But this also becomes a reflexion about truth and life. The form consists in many interviews of mostly French and American journalists and reporters of television or newspapers.


"Long, complex and a little mad but always engaging, this ambitious documentary by Marcel Ophuls ("The Sorrow and the Pity") examines the practice and meaning of war journalism, using the siege of Sarajevo as its reference point. (...) Ophuls' editing style is frantically associative, cutting to interviews within interviews and most provocatively, to excerpts from fictions film ; the fictional scenes serve as correlatives to the sometimes unbearable images". (Dave Kehr, Daily News - 06/10/94)

"Ophuls focuses on the moral ambiguities of wartime journalism, the play of courage, vanity, self-seeking, and selflessness that makes war correspondents the most fascination of reporters". (David Denby, New York Magazine - 24/10/94)

"He has provoked, manipulated or fascinated, depending on where you sit, but he has revolutionized the documentary from a droming, truth-telling form to a marathon event that mixes news clips, fiction and musical comedy." (Joan Dupont, Herald Tribune - 15/11/94)

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Feature film

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Germany, France

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Majority French (Germany, France)

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1 h 22 min

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