Friday, October 10, 2008

The Deer Hunter

I have avoided this movie for 30 years because I knew that it would be wrenching to watch. I was right. One of my most painful movie-watching experiences. There are lots of movies with more shocking sequences and more harrowing premises (although not too many ...) and deeper relationships, but this one has all of that and maintains it from start to finish. Really good but I will probably never watch it again.
This is not a Beowulf / Grendel tale but a clear-cut instance of the Gilgamesh / Enkidu story. Even ends the same way.

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