Tuesday, January 11, 2011

soldier girls

wipe that smile off your face...


'soldier girls' is an early nick broomfield documentary, which i remember watching half of when it was on tv, many moons ago. well, i remembered the guy biting the head of a chicken, but that was about it. the film basically follows a group of girls during their basic training, in the american army, about thirty years ago and, in particular, it focusses on a couple of them who are not really enjoying themselves and want out.

i suppose i could say the conclusion i drew from this documentary is this: if you are in the army, you are either stupid or an arsehole. maybe that is just the impression it gives. are the people who want out stupid? even if they claimed they were tricked into joining up by recruiters, they still joined up: surely, one can't be fooled that much. it's not like they were press ganged. are the people who give them no end of grief arseholes? well, on one hand, not wanting someone to kill themselves or endanger someone else, because they weren't paying attention or engaging in training is fair enough, but the delight that these officers take and their attempts to be inventive and funny, when they are dishing out awful hazings to want-away-recruits, makes them look like wankers.

i guess i have a very different idea of how one should attempt to inspire, motivate and engage with someone...

any how, this is an interesting watch; staff sergeant abing has some interesting / outlandish views, there's lots of talk of russians and communists (which now just seems hilarious) and there's also some very questionable lyrics in a couple of the drill chants, mainly about wanting to go to iran and kill and arabian (less hilarious)...

any how, a restrained, early broomfield doc and one where it would've been nice if they'd at least attempted to remaster the sound on the dvd. more interesting as a slice of life look at the views of the us army thirty years ago: i wonder how different it would be now...

good.

the dvd is can be picked up for a couple of quid from amazon.co.uk

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