MASH
First screened in July 2013
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Roger Bowen, Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck, Kim Atwood, Fred Williamson, Jo Ann Pflug, Michael Murphy, David Arkin, Tamara Horrocks, Bud Cort, Dawne Damon, G. Wood, Ken Prymus, Indus Arthur, Bobby Troup, Timothy Brown, Carl Gottlieb, Danny Goldman, Corey Fischer. Screenplay: Ring Lardner, Jr. (based on the novel by Richard Hooker).

Twitter Capsule: Methodic madness, balancing farce and sorrow, even if some anecdotes play better than others. Key step to even better Altman.

Second Capsule: Odd blend not just in tone but in ambition. Is low-key farce a thing? Is distracted polemic? Antiwar film that's antimessage?

VOR:   The TV show and subsequent Altman glories sometimes overshadow the film's achievements, in more and less fair ways. But sonically, visually, and politically, it's a milestone.



Photo © 1970 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. B+


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Robert Altman
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Kellerman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ring Lardner, Jr.
Best Film Editing: Danford B. Greene

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: Robert Altman
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Elliott Gould
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Donald Sutherland
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Kellerman
Best Screenplay: Ring Lardner, Jr.

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'or
National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): UN Award

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