A Quiet American?

“Sooner or later…one has to take sides. If one is to remain human.”
― Graham Greene ‘The Quiet American’

Been musing over this quote from Graham Greene’s 1955 novel.

GradeSaver writes: He was willing to kill innocent people to establish a Third Force in Vietnam, but he failed to understand the toll it would take on the people around him. Pyle’s character is a microcosmic representation of how unprepared the American forces were when they came to Vietnam in the middle of the 20th century, which is the core of Greene’s anti-American critique.

1955
Starring Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, Claude Dauphin, and Giorgia Moll. It was the twenty-second movie of Audie Murphy's career.   SUMMARY: Adapted from Graham Greene's prophetic novel, the backdrop of this film is Saigon, 1952 and the failure of U.S. foreign policy in pre-war Indochina. Audie plays the "American" who is trying to promote a free economy in a country fettered with a colonial government. Contrasting the American's views are those of the cynical Brit, Thomas Fowler, played by Michael Redgrave
29 November 2002 – Philip Noyce’s adaptation
Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of passion, drugs and deceit. Nothing, and no one, is as it seems, in this adaptation of Graham Greene's classic and prophetic story of love, betrayal, murder and the origin of the US war in Vietnam.

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