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    SCRIPTING: whatever you want! Americans on the street (especially GIs) are getting far fewer in?

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    Reel 1
    360 ft

    music (sales) Kiosk - PAN to wide avenue downtown Saigon, continue PAN to see 7-storied modern bldg mid-shot - this formerly JUSPAO (Joint United States Public Affairs Office), now being converted into a shopping centre. (sound of American music - from kiosk - background).

    American GIs bargain for paintings from pretty street salesgirl- who is also the (sound of bargaining) -(named Hong)- artist

    American civilians examining small objects for sale(watches), PAW to see jackets made from pancho-liners(Vietnam map on back), Vietnamese buying - maybe hear Vietnamese language, but not American.

    in park/zoo of Saigon - American GI walking with his Vietnamese girlfriend, dressed in mini, calf-high leather boots, "stars & stripes" blouse - these a bit unsteady, as he possibly had murder (of camera team) in his heart!

    Young Vietnamese man with his girlfriend, dressed in traditional national dress - the ao-dai (pron. ow-zeye or yeye) - they flash "peace" sign, then young man says the word "peace". doubtful shot, maybe, as it looks staged - but was not(in park).

    Young Vietnamese (one soldier) walking with their girlfriends in ao-dai(in park).

    wide avenue - PAN to U.S.Embassy - maybe not of any use, as I had other shots in mind, but forgot about holiday, so almost no staff at Embassy.

    USO (United Services Organisation) in downtown Saigon - exteriors.

    Gls, civilians, one with Viet girl, entering USO.

    wide general shot inside USO - Gls playing snooker(?) in foreground.

    GIs and civilians getting their punch & food.....not too good.

    runs out us Black American soul group get into action.

    Reel 2
    140 ft

    Black American soul group in action - some good close-up towards and as man at piano sings - mostly Americans in audience - including black - couple of Viets.


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    Background: SCRIPTING: whatever you want! Americans on the street (especially GIs) are getting far fewer in numbers. Most are concentrating on buying some last minute mementos of Viet-Nam - including the prolific Vietnamese paintings. A popular stand is that of Miss Hong (filmed by Visnews with her tiny stand 5 years ago), who has one of the largest stands on the street. She does all the paintings herself - the more simple in less than 15 minutes, and even the larger only take on hour or two. However, they're priced accordingly, and the cheaper small paintings sell for about one dollar. Miss Hong hopes that, when the Americans go, there will be many tourists visiting Viet-Nam. It's a hope share by many of the street sales-people - few really believe it, but they don't care to think of the alternative - for them.

    The GIs like their girlfriends to wear happy gear, but it's noticeable that the ao-dai is returning more and more, and most Vietnamese believe their people have once again seen out a foreign occupation without any lasting contamination. The USO was sober and quiet compared to former years, and there were plenty of coats to spare as the Club almost certainly celebrated its last Thanksgiving in Viet-Nam, to the boat of a Black American Soul Group. The first years in Viet-Nam were celebrated by??? entertainment by (more often) white "conventional" singers.

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