The stereotype of “liberal Hollywood” was etched into stone when director Peter Davis and producer Bert Schneider took the stage at the Oscars on April 8, 1975. Receiving the best documentary award for their incendiary Vietnam War film “Hearts and Minds,” Schneider read out a telegram expressing greetings from the Vietnamese people and the Provisional Revolutionary Government, to both applause and hissing.

Vietnam was still an open wound, but three weeks later, it would all be over, as the last American helicopters evacuated the embassy in Saigon. The war had been such a long, divisive nightmare that, once finished, it seemed like America wanted nothing more than to forget.

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