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Interesting movie. The documentary interviews with older witnesses of the era are in someways more entertaining and informative than the actual dramatic movie. But the mix adds a lot to the film.I think the movie is too long, and perhaps tries to shoehorn the John Reed story into a precise narrative. I do like Dianne Keaton's speech near the end of the picture, "Which half of the left of the left will be ... " The film in the 1980's and today is reminiscent of commentaries of the 19 Teens and Sixties. Well meaning and not so well meaning radicals, writers, and rebels who through there passionate personalities and political earnestness find themselves ultimately mired in cynical politics or manipulated by power hungry leaders. Beatty does a good job, film could have become sour and sarcastic and certainly does have those elements but it retains some heart and a love story. Good balancing act, if a bit awkward at times.Thoughtful picture, well-acted, excellent attention to detail costumes, furnishing. Well worth of a look for those interested in the era and well worth a look for those who like to see how art and politics uncomfortably and explosively mix in any era.
- don letta
The look on Loretta Young's face when she opened the envelope declaring chariots of fire the best film of the year, said it all. Maybe the academy decided small was the way to go that year, but to choose it over REDS was not only insane, it was giant step toward establishing it as fairly meaningless... think Slumlord Millionaire, no fun being a pimp... trying to please everyone, equals pleasing no one. Check out this years awards show... it will prove my point.
- Michael Whitty
"Reds" is a huge storyline with Americans getting involved in the Russian Revolution. Warren Beatty as a writer and political activist John Reed was the only American ever buried in the Kremlin as he made friends with many Russians and had influence with activist Louise Bryant, author Eugene O'Neil, and Emma Goldman. There were others with a helping hand on both sides of the Atlantic ocean as communism was starting to spread. A unique bit of storytelling had several interviews with many who were a part of the times back then. That Reed sided with the Bolsheviks and Lenin and even fought on their side shows the belief he had in them. "Reds" won an Oscar for Beatty's direction but "Chariots of Fire" beat it to the finish line. But Beatty scored with his writing, acting,directing, and producing as he showed how multi-talented he is.
- Dashiell Barnes
Beatty starred, produced, wrote & won an Academy Award for directing this intimate, political epic. Beatty play John Reed, the American communist buried in the Kremlin, other Oscar-nominated performances include Keaton as feminist Louise Bryant & Nicholson as author Eugene O'Neill; Stapleton won the Best Supporting Actress award as anarchist Emma Goldman. Beatty, ending Hollywood's fear of leftist politics, does a great job of showing the lives of political radicals in the early 20th Century at home & during the unruly years of the Russian Revolution. A grand film about an undervalued man in American history. I give it a 4.5/5.
Reds, the epic just before the fall
- Chris Gorsuch
When Reds was released in 1981, it was hard to imagine the Soviet Union was only 10 years from collapse. It had been labeled an epic at that time, and many thought it was robbed when Chariots of Fire instead won the best picture Oscar. If for nothing else, Reds is a valuable historical document because of the testimony of the witnesses throughout the production. It is a reminder of how memory can either remain accurate over time, or become changed as a result of one's life's experiences. It is a romantic view of the Russian Revolution; the purges, the corrupt planning and war are still in the future. It is difficult to NOT feel that there was some hope at this point in history, and Warren Beatty captures this all very well.
REDS still holds up
- Henry Hoffman
Warren Beatty's REDS holds up very nicely, supported by a compelling dramatic conceit of actual witnesses to the Reed-Bryant dyad against the unfolding mise en scene. The last shot of a deceased Jack w/ Louise in mourning over his body (shot through a door ajar) reminded me of Bob Fosse's self-projecting mea culpa ALL THAT JAZZ--Beatty was saying (in effect) now I CAN die because I have fashioned my masterwork. O yes and to Mary--Keaton's singing was good enough for what was expected.
Thank You For Reds!!(new to site)
Thank you so much for showing this movie..my 80 yr old mother has been waiting to see it (again) for so long!! She so looks forward to her favorite movies, as well as I, on TCM. A question tho..the viewing on January 6th @ 2:30 AM - Est....is that(TONITE?) Tuesday nite/ Weds morn OR Weds nite/thurs morn? I looked on the other schedule and added pst...it looked like it will be weds/thurs. In the future, whats the best way to figure this out?? Sorry , don't mean to sound like a dummy, but am new to site & WE LOVE TCM!!!!!!!Thanks!!!lisa
Somebody tell Keaton not to sing
OMG...please,it hurts my ears