Just rewatched The Deer Hunter for the first time in years, still every bit as powerful and gripping as it was the first time I saw it

  1. The first Russian Roulette scene is genuinely one of the most brutal scenes I have seen in movies. It isn't that gory but the sheer intensity of that scene made my adreline shoot up in a way that only the Silence of the Lambs climax has done.

  2. Yep. The movie starts off with such beautiful scenery and trees and mountains and happiness and ends with sadness, loneliness and death. It takes a special type of actor to commit to a scene like that.

  3. I saw The Deer Hunter in the theaters on original release. I'm not sure I am ready to see it a second time. The first time is too damn vivid in my memory. I'd really like to watch it as a film, to care about acting and camera and editing and all that stuff. I'd also like to see the other version of Apocalypse Now. Same thing.

  4. Yep I have the exact same reaction. Why would I ever put myself through The Deer Hunter again? One of those masterpieces I have no interest in revisiting. Put Taxi Driver on the same list.

  5. When I was thirteen and my dad found out I wanted to try out for football, he sat me down and had me watch The Deer Hunter with him.

  6. Just curious - are you from the South? Intense football-is-life-and-death, gridiron heroism seems v TX or maybe Bama/Tennessee.

  7. What was the significance of the Russian music, culture, community etc. in the first half of the film? I found it so interesting - it felt so un-american but at the same time really speaks to the immigrant story. Whats all of your thoughts?

  8. I loved this choice. For me it helped enhance the absurdity and pointlessness of the war. It was so much more nuanced than the usual stars and stripes patriotism. Here we have Russians fighting for the US, against Vietnamese being funded by the Russians. The Vietnam war was such a messed up situation and I think making the protagonists Russian kind of helped portray that complexity.

  9. A more straightforward (but perhaps less symbolic) answer is that a large community of Russian immigrants settled in "Pennsyltucky". Russian culture, traditions, and religion left its stamp on the region. Of the 30 US counties with the most Russian Orthodox adherents, 8 are in Pennsylvania.

  10. I agree a lot. I had actually seen Heaven’s Gate first, and loved that. So when I finally saw The Deer Hunter, which seems to me a bit underrated nowadays, it became a fine touchstone of filmmaking for me. And it has a certain richness that even films like Apocalypse Now or Full Metal Jacket, which are bigger films about the Vietnam War, don’t quite match.

  11. The scene where they come rushing into the bar after the hunt and their friend starts playing the piano and they all hush and slowly watch is one of my favorite scenes of all time. Beautifully framed and shot. Beautifully acted with minimal dialogue. Just stunning.

  12. Some day I’m excited to roll back the tapes and figure out what series of movies and guys I dated led to the decision for me as a young woman to join the Army. I know that Deer Hunter had a huge impact on me, it was all I talked about for like two weeks, so much so that the guy I was dating at the time said “you’ve got to shut the fuck up about Deer Hunter already” or words to that effect. Anyway, great movie.

  13. The Deer Hunter will remain one of the best experience I have lived in front of a film. The directing is totally brilliant and so the actors. It's incredible to reach this kind of level and to transmit all these emotions, feelings, fears throughout images. The power of the film was and is still very important to show how films can impact societies and people just by sitting in front of screens. Seriously how people could have imagine that their life would be impacted like that with this kind of images and of stories. Clearly owning to my top 5. Gathering all this impactful moment in one movie is a real superpower in a way. If you've not seen it yet book your evening and enjoy this beautiful experience, it would change your life forever.

  14. One of my favorite movies - I had it on videotape (one of the few American movies my family had, since mostly they nutured Russian and European cinematography) and for a long time one of the few American movies I felt real about. I always wanted to see and hear it on the cinema screen.

  15. I hadn't seen it for decades, but when it was released on 4k disc I jumped at the chance. Such a wonderful film; personally, I prefer the 1st act when they're still pre-Vietnam, and the post-Vietnam stuff. The Vietnam-scenes are great, not saying they aren't, but somehow the more intimate; personal stuff, watching them work, hang out, marry; it all moves me more than the war-stuff. The aftermath is so haunting, with DeNiro avoiding the party, and his friends and old haunts, but gos to see Meryl Streep's character; so well done, so moving. The 4k remaster is fantastic; the pre-vietnam scenes are grainy and feel a bit dirty; I'm sure that's how Cimino wanted it. A lovely film.

  16. The length of it and the long scenes of everyday life really work perfectly when the action brutally shifts to the war. Its such an extreme and powerful contrast.

  17. Cinéma vérité has forever lost its place in the Sun. People simply don’t have the time for it any more with all the FOMO.

  18. Terrific movie, I always get choked up when Michael returns and he still wears his uniform but you can see how fundementally changed he is. Esp. when he goes to visit Steven in the hospital. Wonderful acting by De Niro & Savage in that scene.

  19. Such an imcredible masterpiece. Still om of only four films I've ever seen that I have given a 10/10 (out of 920 films). The acting, the score, the story.... Everything about it is just perfect. The 2nd main russian roulette sequence is perhaps for me the single most sad scene in cinema history.

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