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Little Dieter Needs to Fly - Escape from Laos
Petit Dieter doit voler
© Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
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  • France, Royaume-Uni, Allemagne | 1997 | 60 minutes | Super 16 mm
  • Un film de Werner Herzog

Un survivant de la guerre du Vietnam raconte comment, précisément, objectivement, il a survécu. À travers la jungle, il subit la mousson, les glissements de terrain, la boue, les sangsues, mais rien n'y fait : la nécessité de survivre est trop forte. Entre le récit d’un personnage et la reconstitution opérée par le cinéaste, ce film nous propose un point de vue unique sur une évasion spectaculaire.

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

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