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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
ADAM NAYMAN ON 'FORMALLY INNOVATIVE' REDACTED
ESSAY AT THE RINGER LOOKS AT "1917 & THE TROUBLE WITH WAR MOVIES"
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Today, The Ringer's Adam Nayman posted an article with the headline, "1917 and the Trouble With War Movies." Feeling that the cinematic "immersion" of Sam Mendes' 1917 ultimately leaves the viewer too passive, Nayman turns to Francois Truffaut's statement that "Every film about war ends up being pro-war" as a guiding paradox. His article looks at several key war films throughout the history of cinema, including films made by Brian De Palma:
It’s telling, perhaps, that the movies associated with the Iraq War have less of an aesthetic legacy than those associated with World War I or II or even Vietnam. In 2005’s Jarhead, Mendes even deferred to Francis Ford Coppola by showing Marines watching Apocalypse Now for inspiration, conceding to the older film’s (and older conflict’s) hold on the collective imagination. For the most part, post-9/11 American war movies have been more attuned to politics and aftermath, with spectacle either miniaturized—as in the tense, horror-movie-like bomb-defusing sequences in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker—or else eliminated altogether. The most formally innovative Iraq War movie, Brian De Palma’s Redacted, avoids the battlefield altogether, focusing instead on a panoply of multimedia perspectives to get across themes of division and disinformation; where his 1989 Vietnam film Casualties of War favored a dreamlike, lyrical detachment evincing distance from its subject matter, Redacted’s surveillance-style textures and artful integration of documentary material were evidence that the director was trying to speak to the here and now.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"

CASUALTIES OF WAR and REDACTED two of the strongest anti-war movies working as metaphors for those two conflicts. America went into those two conflicts with ulterior disguised motives and smashed up the joint. With the current state of Iraq today is still unfixable and still poses a threat on the world stage thanks to George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. It took repeated viewings to apreaciate DePalma's technique in regard to REDACTED. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:41 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"

Redacted has the appearance of a film directed by a first year film student. The cinematography is cheap and ugly with at times nauseating camerawork 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 11:02 PM CST

Name: "Phil"

Redacted was the beginning of the end for De Palma. Sad.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:24 AM CST

Name: de/palma
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

In many spots, REDACTED is supposed to look exactly like it is being shot by "a first year film student" -- so I don't understand how that is a criticism, really. There are parts that are supposed to look like a French documentary, and the contrast in look and style is obvious. There are many other parts in Redacted that in the diegesis of the movie are supposed to look like they are being shot by the character who is shooting it. This is the whole premise of the movie, the "formally innovative" aesthetic Nayman is talking about.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:44 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"

Kathryn Bigelow and Spielberg painted epic canvases in THE HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY and MUNICH. REDACTED is more of a school project with an angry voice. 

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 9:22 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

De Palma had already painted his epic canvas about war two decades prior-- it is true, Redacted is an angry film, but it's angry about the fact that the epic canvas didn't seem to do any good.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:41 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"

Redacted too didn't do any good as audience at the time ignored this amateur attempt at Godard cinema 

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:22 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

REDACTED is a powerful punch in the gut for what is a satirical metaphor of the Iraq conflict. It is directed with an auteur perspective and the best use of digital cinematography for this type of subject matter. 

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