Political drama about the stormy romantic partnership of journalist-revolutionary Jack Reed, author of “Ten Days That Shook the World,” and writer-artist Louise Bryant, set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution.
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An amazing political drama about communism and the Russian Revolution made by Warren Beatty. My respect for the man has gone considerably up after watching this film! What balls it must have taken to pull this off, let alone think about doing it in the first place! I think John Reed, if he were alive to see the film, would find it to be, say, quite proletarian. A great Hollywood epic and an honorable and heroic film
Beatty's best outing as a director though not his best performance (Keaton and Nicholson steal the film). I can't believe this was made in the Reagan 80s. The use of the interviews with the "witnesses" was very well done (nice to see Henry Miller in there too).
whether or not this film has flaws – and it does have many, but they're easy to overlook – one has to, at the very least, admire a mainstream hollywood director for making a film as stylistically subversive (the way it's constructed, with the interviews and all, is so fascinating), about fucking communism nonetheless, as this during the cold war. i will always treasure this great, great film.
Perhaps I'm just too much of a history buff, but I think this is one of the greatest epics in cinema. The rise and fall of the American Left, the Bolshevik revolution and a romance are all woven together. Interviews from those actually alive in the era are interlaced with fictional scenes that complement the narrative. The power, and also limitations, of grand ideas are eloquently explored.
Possibly the biggest reversal in my moviegoing life, but that's what happens when you see a 3 hour film on the Russian Revolution when you are 12 and get bored silly. When you revisit it 25 years later, you realize what a masterpiece it truly is. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2007/01/re-fighting-cold-war.html
Marvellous, marvellous, marvellous!!! A biographical masterpiece that is a love letter to Bolshevism. Diane and Warren have a perfect chemistry on screen and the political deliveries were superb. I cannot recommend this film enough. Even still, it's 'Americaness' made it very entertaining.
First hour of this film is kinda not mostly needed. It feels like Beatty felt like needed a way to soften up this story of socialism palatable for the American liberal public. So he leans on the love story. Nicholson is odd as Oniel but Stapleton is spot on as the unsung legend Emma Goldman (though the lack of her anarchist framing was troubling), frankly I wish the film was about her, SHE understood.