Posted by Norville on August 29, 2020, 4:13 pm
Finally caught up with this, and I can't believe it was considered a failure even in a truncated form. I think between Barry Lyndon and 1900 and Apocalypse Now people were just over-gorged on ambitious widescreen epics (a welcome problem imo). This is just great though - I can't think of another Hollywood film which manages to look so meticulous and impressive over such a long running time. The interiors all make really great Sternberg-esque use of light/smoke and the landscape photography is some of the best I've seen. Plus even the superfluous stuff like the roller skating dance is still incredibly charming. Although Christopher Walken doesn't really pull off the tough guy character or the fake mustache.
Just as much a Vietnam film as The Deer Hunger I think, with the final shot linking the class dynamics with survivor's guilt anxiety.