35mm. I think it seems a little pretentious watching it again now. The Deer Hunter is a better post-Vietnam film, and there are several better films about "the madness of war". It seems at times like a mess, and the bits of humour don't work. But you can't deny this is a powerful film, and the amazing cinematography really lifts it for me. I like the scene with the Frenchmen they cut out originally.
The human condition in extremis or relocated madness extant? Variations on precarious sanity for sure. Essentially a series of elemental vignettes on psycho-trauma in the face of nihilism, stupidity and wickedness, the like most of us will never endure - for that I’m thankful. Technically magnificent with a studied tempo, hallucinogenic photography but marred occasionally by the heavy musical cues.