Documenting Vietnam: Television War and the Representation of Physical Experience

Michael Barchet


«No man can act before the camera in the face of death». This statement by EmestHemingway does not only claim authority for the images from the Spanish Civil war ofJoris lvens' Spanish Earth (1937). The decidedly dry and restrained diction ofHemingway's performance as author and speaker of this Voice of God was not onlymuch admired for its difference to contemporary newsreel and documentary practicewhen the film was released in the US; its very factual mode of presentation also transports Hemingway' s assertions to a level of universal and pragmatic truth about an essential affinity of documentary modes of representation the mise en scene of military combat.

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