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Michael Cimino United States, 1978

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Deer Hunter

Less dramatization of history than a figurative exploration of the American psyche; with class, religion, friendship &war as an ideology explored throughout. In this sense the three-act structure of home, combat & after becomes symbolic of heaven/hell/purgatory; Vietnam as 'Dantean' inferno? Yes, it's indulgent on the part of Cimino, but he's reaching for a kind of emotional authenticity here that's rarely seen.