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Alamo Bay

Posted by andrew on January 17th, 2010

Playing on Encore this month is Louis Malle's 1985 film Alamo Bay, about which Roger Ebert wrote:

What am I asking for in "Alamo Bay"? I don't think I require one side to be clearly heroic and the other side clearly evil. The situation doesn't permit that. I do wish, though, that the filmmakers had steered wide of clichés like the Ku Klux Klan and the final shoot-out, and stayed closer to the real strength of their film, which is its authentic portrait of everyday lives.

Sorry, Mr. Ebert, but if you had done your research, you would have known that the KKK's violent harassment of Vietnamese American shrimpers along the Gulf Coast wasn't just a movie cliche.

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