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Monday, July 06, 2009

1/500th of a second . . . An Unlikely Weapon

AN UNLIKELY WEAPON: The Eddie Adams Story (2009). This exceptional documentary about the life of an award-winning photographer premieres this week in Denver at the Starz FilmCenter, July 3-9. Go to http://www.anunlikelyweapon.com for times and directions. Opening nationwide throughout the summer.

Legendary photographer Eddie Adams, famously seen lurking in war zones, at celebrity shoots, and on the streets of New York, photographed 13 wars, six US presidents and every major film star in the last 50 years. His career and reputation exploded into world renown when, in Vietnam in 1968, Eddie shot what is considered by many to be the definitive war photograph: General Loan, the Saigon police chief shooting a Vietcong prisoner point-blank in the head. “Saigon Execution” won Eddie a Pulitzer Prize and was credited with changing public opinion to help end the Vietnam War.

Eddie was a guy who lived hard and played harder. Enormously ambitious and driven, rough talking, notoriously dissatisfied with his achievements, he documented the plight of refugees around the world, jumped aboard a boat load of Vietnamese headed out to sea with only some rice and a few hundred dollars worth of gasoline, and faced off Fidel Castro until the two went on an unlikely duck hunting trip together, among other risky ventures. In this documentary, journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Morley Safer speak about Eddie with a measure of awe and respect. As Safer says, “Eddie was not your typical sedate, thoughtful photographer . . . He looked for trouble both on and off the job.”

Later in life Eddie turned to photographing celebrities, resulting in stunning and unique shots, signatures of his skill and experienced eye for the money shot. There were many sides to this talented man: war photographer, human rights activist, teacher, competitive and aggressive artist; most of all, he was deeply human and fully engaged in life.

SUSAN MORGAN COOPER is the brilliant filmmaker who produced this exceptional documentary. The road to its completion was long and not always smooth—but she had promised Eddie, and she kept that promise, in spades. This is a DO NOT MISS film!

-- Rosemary Carstens


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Anonymous said...

Totally agree. Definitely should be on the DO NOT MISS list, especially for history buffs and documentary lovers. I saw this in Santa Cruz, where it won the Audience Award (I voted for it.)

Bonnie Gangelhoff said...

Thanks for bringing the Eddie Adams documentary to my attention. This is a movie I want to see. No special effects, robots, or animated animals. Adams captures the defining moments and people in our collective histories.

sibylle said...

That's a startling photo (Saigon Excecution) with an amazing impact.

Mandy said...

Adding to my must see movie list. I admire journalists and photo-journalists who have the courage to go to war torn countries and bring the stories back. More courage than I have!

Anonymous said...

This video reported about Vietnam war.

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Melanie Mulhall said...


Nuts! I missed it. Just another reason to visit your blog more often. Those of us who were young adults during the Viet Nam war know that photo well. Eddie's work was scary good.


Dirk said...

I share the same views. Liked your blog very much.