dangermousie: (Notorious by alexandral)
I watched Reds in the movie theater last night, and despite being severely brain dead, loved it as much as ever. What a brilliant, brilliant movie, and it's made to be seen on big screen. I've forgotten how much I love it. Maybe because it doesn't just move my emotions but engages my brain too (and even though I find them delicious, the latter quality has been in hard supply with doramas).

For those who don't know, Reds is a 1981 movie about John Reed and Louise Bryant, starring Warren Beatty (who was gorgeous, Oh My God, I'd forgotten) and Diane Keaton (who was amazing and why isn't she getting more work). Reed was a turn of the century radical journalist who is best known for "Ten Days That Shook The World," his eye witness account of the Soviet Revolution, who went from a spectator to a participant. Louise Bryant was his wife and a fellow journalist. "Ten Days" was a very influential and well-known book at the time, and Reed was (of course) the darling of the Soviets. I actually remember we had a copy of Ten Days in Russian when I was growing up.

But anyway, this is an amazing amazing movie (and no, it's not "Yay for USSR!" nor is it a "John Reed was an idiot deluded"). It's much too complicated for that. That is why I love the movie so: it's both personal and epic, romantic and political. And it blows that other doomed romance set in Russia, Doctor Zhivago (which I dislike), out of the water.

Lengthy meta with spoilers. But come on, it was made in 1981! )
dangermousie: (Notorious by alexandral)
I watched Reds in the movie theater last night, and despite being severely brain dead, loved it as much as ever. What a brilliant, brilliant movie, and it's made to be seen on big screen. I've forgotten how much I love it. Maybe because it doesn't just move my emotions but engages my brain too (and even though I find them delicious, the latter quality has been in hard supply with doramas).

For those who don't know, Reds is a 1981 movie about John Reed and Louise Bryant, starring Warren Beatty (who was gorgeous, Oh My God, I'd forgotten) and Diane Keaton (who was amazing and why isn't she getting more work). Reed was a turn of the century radical journalist who is best known for "Ten Days That Shook The World," his eye witness account of the Soviet Revolution, who went from a spectator to a participant. Louise Bryant was his wife and a fellow journalist. "Ten Days" was a very influential and well-known book at the time, and Reed was (of course) the darling of the Soviets. I actually remember we had a copy of Ten Days in Russian when I was growing up.

But anyway, this is an amazing amazing movie (and no, it's not "Yay for USSR!" nor is it a "John Reed was an idiot deluded"). It's much too complicated for that. That is why I love the movie so: it's both personal and epic, romantic and political. And it blows that other doomed romance set in Russia, Doctor Zhivago (which I dislike), out of the water.

Lengthy meta with spoilers. But come on, it was made in 1981! )
dangermousie: (Notorious by alexandral)
I watched Reds in the movie theater last night, and despite being severely brain dead, loved it as much as ever. What a brilliant, brilliant movie, and it's made to be seen on big screen. I've forgotten how much I love it. Maybe because it doesn't just move my emotions but engages my brain too (and even though I find them delicious, the latter quality has been in hard supply with doramas).

For those who don't know, Reds is a 1981 movie about John Reed and Louise Bryant, starring Warren Beatty (who was gorgeous, Oh My God, I'd forgotten) and Diane Keaton (who was amazing and why isn't she getting more work). Reed was a turn of the century radical journalist who is best known for "Ten Days That Shook The World," his eye witness account of the Soviet Revolution, who went from a spectator to a participant. Louise Bryant was his wife and a fellow journalist. "Ten Days" was a very influential and well-known book at the time, and Reed was (of course) the darling of the Soviets. I actually remember we had a copy of Ten Days in Russian when I was growing up.

But anyway, this is an amazing amazing movie (and no, it's not "Yay for USSR!" nor is it a "John Reed was an idiot deluded"). It's much too complicated for that. That is why I love the movie so: it's both personal and epic, romantic and political. And it blows that other doomed romance set in Russia, Doctor Zhivago (which I dislike), out of the water.

Lengthy meta with spoilers. But come on, it was made in 1981! )

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