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Reds

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Reds is the story of the love affair of John Reed and Louise Bryant in a war-torn world and how the Russian Revolution shook their lives.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The kind of film that has sadly just about disappeared - the personal,
auteur driven epic. Very rarely if ever now will a studio give a film
maker huge funds to do a risky, personal, not obviously commercial
project, one that could never be made as a `small' film.

While critics can nit pick, and a few of their points may be valid (both
Beatty and Diane Keaton were at least 10 years older then their real life characters,
making some behavior seem overly naive and juvenile instead of understandable
for their youth and inexperience), overall this is a masterful combining of the big picture
and the personal, and how the two interrelate in life. How do we deal with emotions that
are much messier than our ideals of how to live?

It explores the twin faces of revolution - the sometimes desperate need to fight to
create a new order, but the danger that the new order may be just as corrupt as the old.

Rare is the film that deeply, honestly explores both idealism and the dark realities of
political compromise. Rarer still is the film that explores both in a personal way, without
judgment, but with deep insight.

Beautifully shot by Vitorio Storraro, wonderful production design.

Keaton and Beatty are very good in the leads, and the supporting cast, down to the
smallest role, is generally magnificent. Especially amazing are Maureen Stapleton
as Emma Goldman, and Jack Nicholson in one of his very best (and most restrained)
performances as Eugene O'Neil. He may capture the true pain of trying to live through
the eyes of an artist as well as anyone I've ever seen.

The Blu-ray is particularly beautiful.

Thrilling, challenging, gorgeous, emotional and epic. They don't make 'em
like this anymore, and that's our loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't have the movie yet Feb. 11 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had viewed it a long time ago and was initially interested because it begins in Portland Oregon and I had lived there

and loved the city. Turned out to be a true story and quite an array of characters to bring the actual story together.

Thanks DHF
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Beatty Credit Here Aug. 29 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It's a brilliant movie really; romantic, funny, intelligent and sad, as well as historical. John Reed was a confused American, or perhaps just an inspired one. His real battle was for the American working man, an underpaid, over-worked breed of Americana who helped form this nation. Reed really just believe, if you break it down into bare essence, that men should be treated fairly. He was labeled a communist, and probably believed himself to be one on some level, but his views were really more socialistic. This was his basis, and that basis took him to Russia, where he became an unwitting spokesman for the communist regime, his words twisted and translated to meet the Party's needs. His heart was just with the working man, and a misguided feeling that life should be fair. His writing speaks for itself--read "Ten Days that Shook the World". Ah, but there's more behind Reed's Russian connection, far more. He, along with the people who formed his circle of friends, was a bohemian in all respects. They were people of art, and of talent, intellectual artists in their own right, and far ahead of their time. The movie touches upon it, and leads one to want to learn more about the man, and his time. His relationships with Gene O'Neill and Louise Bryant goes far beyond what is portrayed, but the movie does at least give one the insight into those relationships. In their time, Reed, Bryant, and O'Neill did much in America for American writers, and for American theatre. They were all people of art, and of deep emotion. In a time of growing comformity, they tossed comformity aside. Their lifestyles were not the lifestyles of "proper people" of the time, but they gave great emotion to merely living, and to living each day as it came. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reds Revisited March 22 2010
Format:DVD
It was nice to see this movie again since I saw it in the movies back in early 1982. It is a refreshing alternate to Dr Zhivago which was in the same time frame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics aside... March 24 2006
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a GREAT film -- a magnificient epic and a remarkable acheivement!!
At least a 2-disc set, please -- although that may not happen (for political reasons) unless, or until, Warren ponies up his own $$$ to get a DVD out!!??
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5.0 out of 5 stars A film as novel April 20 2004
Format:VHS Tape
There is only one way of watching this film; it has to be watched as if one were reading a novel. What unfolds, however, is a love story told in terms of tense relationships. The story becomes increasingly absorbing with every passing minute.
Sublime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only to "Schindler's List" March 10 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Of the wide-release, narrative, political films made in the second half of the 20th century, surely "Reds" ranks as one of the best. "The Manchurian Candidate," "All the President's Men," "The Candidate," and "Sweet Bird of Youth" are all interesting mixtures of fact and fiction that actually pale next to Beatty's gutsy work. Even Oliver Stone's work on historical situations and figures, "Platoon," "Salvador," "JFK," and "Nixon," seems--as fine as it is--too slick and slightly impersonal compared to the political vigor and sexual dynamics explored in this bio-pic of Jack Reed, Eugene O'Neill and Louise Bryant. The depths of feeling and intelligence in this film, despite your feelings about Communism, can make you glad to be alive. Thank you, Warren Beatty, for giving this story to the world in such a powerful and even-handed way. I can't wait until this movie is available on DVD. Hopefully, Warren will add a commentary track or two w/Jack and Diane, of course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars USEFUL IDIOTS
EXCERPTED FROM STEVEN TRAVERS' "GOD'S COUNTRY"
The 1920s were a strange time. John Reed's "Ten Days That Shook the World" reached a large audience in the... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Steven Travers
1.0 out of 5 stars Spiteful and small and important
This movie has an awful lot of chutzpah, but does not go so far as to try to glamorize communism - at least not as it developed in the early Soviet. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Tom Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Superlative!
"Reds" is the 1981 Warren Beatty epic that harnessed the turmoil of the Russian Revolution as reported by American journalist Jack Reed and brought it to the screen in a rivetingly... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2002 by Christopher M. MacNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded but enlightening
Beatty's historical-biographical epic about John Reed deserves credit for tackling the controversial subject of Communist sympathizers in America during the early part of the 20th... Read more
Published on June 17 2002 by J. Levinson
5.0 out of 5 stars How could this not be on DVD
I love this movie more than I can find words to express. It is a spectacular piece of film making. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Michael T. Habetz
1.0 out of 5 stars Silk purse that's really a pig's ear
I wrote a favorable review earlier, but that was before I knew (it was recently found in USSR records) that John Reed recieved over 1million from his pals in the bolsheviks/soviet... Read more
Published on July 18 2001 by J. Brown
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