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Interview: Michael Herr about the heart of darkness

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Published on Jan 30, 2011

This interview with former war correspondent Michael Herr about the heart of darkness is taken from the Documentary First Kill. You can watch the full documentary at our OnDemand Vimeo channel https://vimeo.com/ondemand/firstkill

Michael David Herr was an American writer and war correspondent, known as the author of Dispatches, a memoir of his time as a correspondent for Esquire magazine during the Vietnam War. The book was called the best "to have been written about the Vietnam War" by The New York Times Book Review

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If you're open for new perspectives on war, this movie is a must see. What is the psychology of war? Do soldiers become murderers when they enjoy killing? Is war beautiful? Are all humans capable of monstrous acts? FIRST KILL explores what war does to the human mind and soul. The film stars several interviews with Michael Herr, the former war correspondent who wrote the screenplays to Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Of Equal importance are several in-depth interviews with vietnam veterans that evoke the contradictory feelings that killing produces - fear, hate, seduction and pleasure.

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