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
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.
Reds is a 1981 Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton classic that is based on the life and Career of the Journalist Jack Reed who covered the Russian Revolution first hand in his book “Ten Days that shook the world” basing in Russia... The movie also stars jack Nicholson as the nobel laureate playwright Eugene O’ Neill.... If you love movies based on real life this is one that you don’t want to miss....
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.
It's not a bad movie although it doesn't take a grip on you from the start... I feel that Beatty somehow didn't stand up to it and his directing efforts let very interesting story slide off a bit. One of the last American auteur's films, which ended a decade under infulence...
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
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.