"The Deer Hunter" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Still very interesting and instructive to review the old, long-known masterpieces in just a few years. Constant their sign - is that each time you view is not only cathartic, but also, so to speak, a creative insight
«The Deer Hunter" -.. Such
hard not to repeat with the other, when you write about recognized as a masterpiece, but something there and I have to say about one of your favorite films.
Obviously, in the case of "The deer Hunter," we are dealing with a kind of study of the limits of the human. Certainly the filmmakers themselves exactly the problem itself is not set, but I take this very picture in this way. Why was the study of the stages of human development the main thread of the film. What happens to a person in the course of his life? When he actually becomes so? And for any edge he ceases to be them? Or is it that happens to a person, all his actions - a purely human, and it never ceases to be them? Actually the method of disclosure of the theme appropriately - long, in a specific rhythm, the presentation of several episodes of the life of friends. Steelworks, eatery, which employs one of his friends, always willing to put the extra glass of beer; nature and hunting for deer, wedding, finally, the war and the return to it ... Each of the three friends - Mike, Nick, Steve - embodies the answer to the above questions is why
war, as in many other films and literary works. here are those hammer and the anvil, in which both appear true "limits" of each of the characters, and the whole people.
it is also clear that this is a film about the life itself, life as a kind of integrity, where every fragment is linked to the other organically. War, "vyzhegshi inside" the main character, is the lesson that it is impossible to forget, or not learn. On the one hand, it sets the same, a new human limit, after which the everyday life is impaired to some extent. Passing through such tests, each of the friends to some extent "mortified." Hence, the "post-war syndrome" and other effects of the "return". On the other - there is a new and deeper understanding of life, a new attitude towards it. Michael, who had returned from the war, as if dead and born again, can not simply because of the excitement of hunting, to shoot deer. A kind of "symphony of nature" sounds in the hunting scenes, change the meaning: initially it sounds like "funeral" because of the impending murder of living, in the second episode rather just severely, indicating some kind of transformation of the hero. Shows and nature itself, such that once it becomes clear why it as a musical illustration of sacred music chosen. Nature here performs "recreational" role, but not in the sense of the banal rest, but as restoring the human soul after the descent into hell. Or at least reminiscent of something more significant than all the human disaster, desire, passion. Those. acts as a kind of "living church", therefore, can be seen in the film and the religious motive ...
I think, from the foregoing, it is clear why I do not take "Hunter ..." as a movie with the anti-war overtones. Or rather one of American film critics: "This is not an anti-war film, it is not pro-war film. This is the most emotional and moving picture of the ever taken! "If you ignore, the war in the film performs the function of that" experimental reactor ", which forged a new human nature. As a convict prison in the "moth" prison in "The Shawshank Redemption", a mental hospital in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", an experimental clinic in "A Clockwork Orange." In this sense, without any doubt, "Hunter ...", although a completely different style was a continuation and a new variant and (standard!) Ethical and, if so pathetic to speak, the philosophical-anthropological quests and sketches of great works of cinema, literature and philosophy .
eventually vyshelushilos (for me) the actual "Vietnam" the origin of the film, its political and historical background of the time, (the cold war, and so on.) it remains only important thing. Not surprisingly, the picture is, of course, has become a cult, but still far less popular among the masses, rather than such "Vietnamese" tape like "Apocalypse ...". It is too tightened and cumbersome for today's ordinary spectator, there is too little "combat" part. Despite the profound content, it does not have underlined links hint of any literary or scientific works, so the film did not work out "rationalist" aura, like the same, "the Apocalypse." The "Hunter ..." there is no flirting with the images of mass culture of the time. That is why it has remained for the general public "thing in itself." He seemed to have made large strokes, "dramatically" opening a new page in the film, leaving work on the details to others.

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