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Daniel Zauderer An opium pipe emerges as an overlay on a shot of a frighteningly peaceful Vietnamese river. Quaint canoes glide across it, and the sound of paddles softly hitting the water is effortlessly heard over the scene’s intoxicating soundtrack. “You could be forgiven for thinking there was no war,” says Fowler (Michael Caine), the Quiet American’s obvious protagonist. At night, one is in a state of tranquility, of absolute serenity—a mindless, drug-induced trance. Then a bloody, lifeless body appears in one of the boats. A haunting tone is prevalent. Something has happened, and the mindless trance has been broken. The sun rises and day begins. Australian director Phillip Noyce mimics masterfully the opium induced trance of the main character present in the first chapters of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. The film’s sudden shift of mood and circumstance comments immediately on the novel’s primary statement: one cannot remain apathetic if one is to remain human.
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