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Killing Private Kraut
10-28-2016, 05:12 AM
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Killing Private Kraut
...was one of your best yet, Rob.

I've been conflicted about that movie since 1999. I saw it and The Thin Red Line at around the same time. I was young, about 15, and most of my friends were intoxicated by Private Ryan's "intensity" (they used the word "intense" in every description). It might go back to Braveheart (at least for my generation), getting a taste of "intense" battle scenes that they want sated by every subsequent war film. Brain chemistry is a cruel mistress. I've always preferred The Thin Red Line, which feels more balanced and compassionate.
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10-30-2016, 01:37 AM (This post was last modified: 01-08-2017 04:36 AM by On A Mission From Gadd.)
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RE: Killing Private Kraut
I will be alone in this, but my favourite anti war movie is without doubt Altman's MASH. I once read a study about surgeons banter during surgery. One would expect the talk to be of an extremely serious nature, considering the life and death situations they encounter in an operating theater. On the contrary though, the talk was of anything but most of the time. Golf handicaps, football scores and the mpg of your latest ride being the sorts of things they chat about. The conclusion to the study stated that rather than become consumed by the serious nature of what they are doing ( ie fiddling around in the open carcass of a living human being!) the banter helped the doctors do their job better. In other words, the casual nature of the chit chat 'took the edge off' the proceedings. Mash takes that premise and uses humour as the foil to the horror of war.....and inversly to that horror, it is one of the wittiest movies I have ever seen. The movie has one of the great closing lines in cinema too, 'goddamn army"! Never mind beating round the bush, Alman has one of his characters say exactly what the director thinks of war.

He's Sinan and so's my wife!
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01-08-2017, 04:45 AM
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RE: Killing Private Kraut
After watching the second video on Saving Private Ryan, I am remined of a religious notion invented by the Jesuits during the time of the Conquistadors in South America called Liberation Theology. In short, when asked to explain how Jesuits could fight and kill in allegiance with the indigenous peoples, they said that sometimes a little hurt, a little 'evil' had to be done to spare us from even greater evil. In other words, you would be forgiven for killing a few Conquitadors if it meant saving entire villages and the way of life of those villagers. I am betting Speilberg is referencing that in the film. Lots of movies do though. A movie we love here, The Terminator, has Kyle Reese performing violent acts in order to save the world from even greater evil. The difference being, Saving Private Ryan would seem to be referencing the religious aspect as well as the moral one.

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