"Le Crabe Tambour"
Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer
Based on the career of
French naval officer Pierre Guillaume and told through the recollections of his fellow
officers, Le Crabe Tambour covers some 20 years of French history as Guillaume
patrolled the Mekong River in Vietnam by boat in the 50's, then, taken prisoner, spent
three years in a Vietnamese jail, and finally participated in the unsuccessful 1961
rebellion of French army generals against Charles de Gaulle. Shot by Charles de Gaulle,
the film often recalls Joseph Conrad, and is "one of the grandest, most beautiful
adventure movies in years
successfully maintains its epic sweep from start to
finish" (N.Y. Times). French with English subtitles.