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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A crucial film in Robert Altman’s filmography, if not necessarily one of the best… The movie marks Altman’s first experiment with overlapping dialogue: some scenes have as many as four conversations going on at once. As in subsequent Altman features, the organized cacophony was achieved through an atmosphere of much improvisation. By some accounts, less than one-quarter of the dialogue that made it into the final cut had been scripted.
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.
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.
How do you make a film that totally criticizes the Vietnam War? You make a movie about a forgotten war. This label is attached to this film way too often. There is more going on here than just political satire. Just because Altman has a general fuck you attitude towards the establishment and that doesn't explain his filmmaking style. Altman liked to create a film that felt like a film and reality all at the same time
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.
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.
A critical and box office success in '70 that reinvented Altman as an auteur director and established a product that would grace network television for years. With modern eyes the misogyny, racism and homophobia are hard to swallow at times but within the understanding of the time period it was made still pushed the envelope. Oscar winning script and solid performances from cast all around.
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.