- Sat-Sun, February 16-17Dir. Michael Cimino, USA/UK, 1978, 182 min., R, 35mm
Part of Oscar Picks, Jan 25 – Feb 23: a mix of this year's nominated films plus a batch of Best Pictures from years past.
Academy Award® Winner, 1978 - Best Picture, Director, Editing, Sound, Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Walken)
Michael Cimino's haunting second feature revolves around three Pittsburgh steel workers, Michael (Robert DeNiro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Steven (John Savage), who enlist to fight in Vietnam. The film explores each man's reactions to the horrors of the war while tracking the psychological and moral dissolution they experience from imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Vietcong. A fable that's ultimately about the disillusionment of the American dream, the film deals specifically with war's toll—not just on individuals, but on communities and society as a whole. Cimino's exploration of a generation scarred by extended, vicious conflict earned the film a Best Director and Best Picture Oscar.
On Sat, February 16, following the Noon screening of THE DEER HUNTER, there will be a post-screening discussion on war in film with Kenneth MacLeish, assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, specializing in military medicine and mental health (part two of two-part discussion that includes screening of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Saturday, February 9 at noon)