Wade Meyer | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The Deer Hunter

The film is not as bad as Rosenbaum argues, but it can hardly be seen as a masterpiece that addresses the psychological frailties of war. It must lie to push the message across to the viewer that all Vietnamese people are complicit in the brutalities. The scene that gets every flag waver's blood pumping is the roulette scene, a scene that compromises the tonality of a film; a film with all things considered that can be qualified as a minor minor minor masterpiece in the pantheon of american cinema. The film is not pro-war but it is also anti-humane. The two can be balanced, see Grand Illusion (1937). The psychological pressures of war are treated much more responsibly in Red Angel (1966). A grim Japanese film that most of the fanboys who post on this thread have never heard of. Dont let mannerist cinema rule the mainstream, understand the history of the cinema before everyone spouts off their un-educated rhetoric lambasting a critic who is arguably the most important American film critic of the last 25 years.

9 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Wade Meyer on 08/28/2012 at 5:05 PM

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Re: “The Deer Hunter

The film is not as bad as Rosenbaum argues, but it can hardly be seen as a masterpiece that addresses the psychological frailties of war. It must lie to push the message across to the viewer that all Vietnamese people are complicit in the brutalities. The scene that gets every flag waver's blood pumping is the roulette scene, a scene that compromises the tonality of the film; a film that can be qualified as a minor minor minor masterpiece in the pantheon of american cinema. The film is not pro-war but it is also anti-humane. The two can be balanced, see Grand Illusion (1937). The psychological pressures of war are treated much more responsibly in Red Angel (1966). A grim Japanese film that most of the fanboys who post on this thread have never heard of. Dont let mannerist cinema rule the mainstream, understand the history of the cinema before everyone spouts off their un-educated rhetoric lambasting a critic who is arguably the most important American film critic of the last 25 years.

8 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Wade Meyer on 08/28/2012 at 5:13 PM

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