Alright, since some brave souls had the audacity to suggest they "hated" the somewhat overly-praised SPR, lets deal with it. I agree that there is really no reason why anyone could "hate" SPR...however, it is irritating that many critics are tending to label it the greatest WWII film ever and berate prior efforts made by filmmakers WHO ACTUALLY HAD BEEN IN THE WAR as fluff. While the first forty-five minutes is harrowing stuff, the other two hours is basically two episodes of "Combat!" edited together. Not bad, but certainly not original. Too, there is a more elemental problem. While many of us older film students are aware of the fact that men involved in war were perhaps "numbed" by the day-to-day struggle to survive due to insufficient sleep and constant tension and the constant loss of comrades, the movie itself does not delineate this state of affairs for the unenlightened. I sincerely doubt whether the rising generation would understand these people. Take, for example, the aftermath of the Omaha Beach incident. These men have just been through literal "hell," and understandably stagger away, but then seem to snap back into line as if they were unfeeling automotons. Moments later the only residual manifestation of this trauma is Tom Hanks' trembling hand. Are they kidding? Surely someone would have started crying, shaking, cracking up, etc. I mean I don't expect a freak-out on the scale of Ken Russell, but some upset....? ---------- > From: Joshua Redmond <[log in to unmask]> > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: Translating Private Ryan > Date: Monday, September 14, 1998 1:34 PM > > Robert J Vest wrote: > > > > Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]> on 09/14/98 12:04:41 PM > > > >> The obvious reason to hate the film is Private Ryan the all-American > >> soldier boy that keeps the film from being a truly an anti-war film, as > >> do other aspects of the film. > > > > I must have been seeing a different movie. What possible reason could you > > have for 'hating' this movie? (I know you are not the original poster, but > > I used your response to reply to the list) The 'all-American soldier boy', > > 'a truly anti-war movie'? I may deft here, but I don't get these comments. > > Reply off-list if you would like, but I thoughthe movie was a veritible > > masterpiece. > > You're right, Bob. SPR was a masterpiece that no one could reasonably > deem to be pro-war. Anyone's reasons for thinking otherwise will be > amusing. > > - Josh > > ---- > Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the > University of Alabama. ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.