Cinema: In Hell Without a Map

THE DEER HUNTER

Directed by Michael Cimino;

Screenplay by Deric Washburn

Mere sex and violence are not enough to make films shocking any more.

Truly shocking movies are those that use sex and violence to push the audience to some new and uncharted psychological frontier. That is what happened in Last Tango in Paris, where Bertolucci used raunchy sex to challenge the conventions of romantic love; it is also what happened in The Godfather, where Coppola used gore to undermine the sanctities of the American family. Though imperfect, Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter is as...

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