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The Killing Fields (1984)

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Commentary 1: Director Roland Joffé Rating:8.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on December 19th, 2013:Find all reviews by musíl65
Joffé talks a lot about the history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. A big point is also the real people and their motivation. This is his first feature film and it was a labour of love. He wants to make a movie about friendship and not about the war.

The track is not very technical. Joffé came for the documentary film. He did a lot of research for this movie. He mentions also how the real people managed to get over their experience in Cambodia of the Khmer Rouge.

This is one of the best tracks I’ve ever heard and a perfect addition to the movie. 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by Station51 on February 11th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
Joffe's commentary isn't bad it's just not as engaging as I'd hoped. He talks about what life was like in Cambodia during the violent takeover by the Khmer rouge. The reality of what it was like for the people and the journalists trapped there. It really comes across as over-explaining what you already get from the story in the movie. At times he has an overbearing habit of philosophizing and explaining what is important in life. It gets to be a bit much from a director. I'd rather hear about the film you shot. Can you just talk about that? Every time he tries you get the sense that he feels it wouldn't be justified to talk about inconsequentials in the face of tragedy so he keeps going back to that instead. Fine. Understandable, just not great commentary.