Set in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, Altman’s antiwar dispatch creates a carefully constructed sense of comedic chaos, chronicling the romantic escapades, after-hours tricks, and behind-the-battle lines sports adventures of three hedonistic surgeons.
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TV. A film of a period, that of Clint Eastwood's nostalgia, where discourses were widely discriminatory, posing as irreverent and salubrious. A real man is a collector of women, these being nothing more than instruments of heterosexual sexualization and homos only laughable fairies. Altman shares the coarse festivity, though sometimes he introduces a possibility of a laboratory theater, mainly in the operations room.
What better way to represent such an immoral war than through immoral characters who they embrace the chaos of it all. It's hard to imagine that the actors were angry with Altman considering all the freedom he afforded them, if anything this should have been any actor's wet dream. The only thing I would have liked is more Robert Duvall since his character is probably the most hilariously pathetic of them.
I love Altman, but this one is not one of my favorites. The "Last Supper" scene is cool. The whole thing was a lot more entertaining when I was 8 years old then it is now. But it was after the commercial success of this film, that Altman was given the creative freedom that really allowed him to flourish in his subsequent films.
Is the other side of the war... The time pass by, and the people adapted the ordinary life to the only kind of life that they can have.
The documentary-type look, and the dialogue are precious in here.
Some consider the film's humor mean spirited (shower sequence) some call it over the top (Japan) but both are miss the point. The character's actions are not the filmmakers. The character's antics are less displays mere irresponsibility and more like the characters attempting to cling to something in midst of war surrounded by death this is reinforced by Altman's unflinching look those injured in combat. Masterpiece.