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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2007, 05:43:00 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2008, 05:35:16 PM »

Hi RR.
It's been a while since I wrote my last post here.
However, I watched a movie that I've always heard a lot bad about it: Hamburger Hill.
I must admit that I've seen some other movie about that period which were more direct or simply better directed.
Anyway I've been surprised that some aspects of this movie just touched me deeply.
Beyond the plot I found basically ture the interaction between characters. The fact that you know people from different places of your country in such a situation, that made a lot of guys there establish a special bond which is more than friendship and looks more like a family tie. Seeing this, broken anonimously day by day, as a soldier discovers that the guy by his side he started to know so better, is gone, really touched me. Nothing about the fighting per se, but I found overwhelming this simple truth.
I don't know if I explained correctly why I liked Hamburger Hill, but I guess that only someone who's been there can understand that.
For that I loved this movie.

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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2008, 06:18:47 PM »

However, I watched a movie that I've always heard a lot bad about it: Hamburger Hill.
Anyway I've been surprised that some aspects of this movie just touched me deeply.
Beyond the plot I found basically ture the interaction between characters.Nothing about the fighting per se, but I found overwhelming this simple truth.
I don't know if I explained correctly why I liked Hamburger Hill, but I guess that only someone who's been there can understand that.
Paul --

I think I understand your point.  I don't fully understand the phenomenon myself, by there is something shared there that can't be denied, even 40 years later.  This is true for both combat and non-combat vets.  I am going to be talking to my small detachment's former security clerk this weekend.  I'm not sure we even met while I was there, since he was rotating out as I was rotating in.  It doesn't seem to matter.  It is an experience, and a memory thereof, that can best be understood by those who were there.

Anyway, I am not surprised that you, as the poet, were impressed by this in the film.

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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2009, 08:22:16 PM »


As is generally known among film history buffs, this was a recreation of Akira Kurosawa's Japanese original film, Seven Samurai.  Although the stories were quite similar, elements of each depiction were adapted to the respective cultural settings.  A number of films have used the theme of ambiguous, marginal heros, or even anti-heros, stepping in to risk everything for virtual strangers, thus balancing the scales with pure evil, meting out a rough justice, and enobling or redeeming themselves in the process, or in death. 

Hey RR,

Last night I finally watched the Seven Samurai.  I also listened to the commentary to get the cultural context.  You were right.  It is a very good film, and given the time it was made it was quite innovative.  It seems that quite a few directors thought enough of Kurosawa to emulate him. I guess I will have to see if my Lackluster Video has more of his films. 

 
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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2009, 11:13:39 AM »

Hey RR,

Last night I finally watched the Seven Samurai.  I also listened to the commentary to get the cultural context.  You were right.  It is a very good film, and given the time it was made it was quite innovative.  It seems that quite a few directors thought enough of Kurosawa to emulate him. I guess I will have to see if my Lackluster Video has more of his films. 

 
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"May the waves of realization lap at you gently."  Hey, that's not bad!  LOL

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