The subject of these words is his Reds. The other is the re-make of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, re-titled Heaven Can Wait, and co-directed with the brilliant Buck Henry.
But Reds is the more interesting of the two. It will draw you in, even at 3 1/4 hours.
The historical drama concerns John Reed, an American journalist who becomes involved in the Russian revolution.
It’s an extraordinary film, visualized in a way that sets it apart by it’s use of witnesses.
A wonderful cast, including silent screen stalwart Bessie Love, and an overall literacy set it apart from the pack. Brilliant filmmaking captured on a tiny disc.
In some ways it reminds me of the Lean sort of epic – a personal story set against a huge world-affecting background.
For those tired of CGI’d Marvel films, here’s your antidote.
Concerned about pushing the order button on this one?
Go here, and you’ll probably be convinced.
Especially for only $15 in capitalist currency.
Also for those into film scores, this one’s by Stephen Sondheim, and also worth your attention.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
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