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M*A*S*H Gives A D*A*M*N.
One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, MASH focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army bureaucrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an other-worldly Corporal, and a self-righteous yet lusty nurse.
“I wonder how a degenerated person like that could have reached a position of responsibility in the Army Medical Corps!” “He was drafted.”
To show it is to sell it. That’s the thrust of the oft-quoted notion, attributed to François Truffaut, that it’s nearly impossible to make an anti-war film. The depiction cannot help but ennoble and romanticize, even if the intent is to do anything but. The solution? Don’t show the war at all.
Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, which contains nary a battle scene, is as effectively unromantic a film as one could produce on the subject of war. The inhabitants of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital are raucous and witty, but they’re so very angry. They seethe at…
M*A*S*H, often considered the “first” film of the 1970s, is a lunatic satire that follows the unconventional (with no real structure or train of thought) story of Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and “Trapper” John McIntyre (Elliott Gould), two Korean War Army surgeons who adopt a whimsical lifestyle so they can escape from the tragedies of war and of their MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital); Ridiculing and poking fun at everything that surrounds them is the solution that these two hilarious surgeons find to avoid the melancholy of war—Altman's highest-grossing film is the perfect tragicomedy.
Using the forgotten Korean War (the war no one really cares about because maybe it wasn't too violent to be considered relevant) as the background…
This isn't a hospital! It's an insane asylum, and it's your fault!
Ring Lardner Jr., who was just coming off being blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten, wrote a screenplay adaptation of the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. 15 directors would pass on it before Robert Altman got his hands on it and, much to Lardner's chagrin, made it his own. Using the script as an outline, Altman freely changed scenes and encouraged his actors to ad-lib the dialogue but still gave sole credit to Lardner for the script.
MASH, taking place during the Korean War, is actually thinly veiled commentary on the Vietnam…
i told myself i'd watch objectively this time, but...i just can't. for a many-month period of my life i watched MASH every night, on a 10" tv/vcr combo that i kept right next to my bed. i'm not sure if it was the color palette that soothed me, or if i just wanted Hawkeye & Trapper to escort me to my dreams, but this film has always been like a warm hug for my eyes. maybe it's creepy to find such a morbid and emotional comedy so comforting, but there's something about that special Altman ambling charm that lulls me into a smiling hypnosis. lots of the jokes are laugh-out-loud, but mostly they just make me feel good inside. every introduction…
Really truthful satire isn't funny, it's painful.
I just can't enjoy watching this movie. It's so damn bleak and depressing. The colors scheme, the deep greens overrun with the blood red, the music, the frumpy characters. Nothing about this movie is enjoyable. The humor doesn't make me laugh, it makes me uncomfortable. It's all about terrible jokes told in terrible circumstances. That's what makes this movie run. The contrast of the mobile army surgical hospital with the good spirits of the crew that works there. It's affecting. As the characters on the screen move from day to day, we're forced to keep going along with them. I know people really love this movie and will watch it on repeat, but…
Whether it's the film or the tv series everyone has their favourite M*A*S*H* character. Hawkeye,Trapper,Duke,Hot lips,or even crazy Frank Burns,one will always appeal to your personality. For me Robert Altman's film is head and shoulders above the tv series and for me it doesn't come any better than Donald Sutherland's Hawkeye and Elliott Gould's Trapper.
Sutherland's Hawkeye is a sarcastic and truly original character full of confidence with an eye for the ladies. Gould's often monosyllabic Trapper just oozes cool and is the renowned chest surgeon of the camp. Another joker and drinker he has his heart in the right place.Forever challenging authority,the two lead an almost hedonistic life of women and Martinis with the odd bout of surgery thrown…
Unfortunately, this is one of my least favorite Altman movies. I'll never understand the appeal. Besides finding it to be quite boring, it's incredibly unpleasant and the characters are real pieces of shit. I had never even finished it until this time. The final credits are probably the best part.
MASH remete a qualquer grupo de pessoas confinado num determinado lugar, obrigado a realizar uma determinada tarefa. É assim com médicos numa guerra, pedreiros numa obra ou alunos de ensino médio numa escola. A piada sempre será a válvula de escape. Metalinguisticamente, não é assim que as comédias tratam de assuntos sérios no cinema?
Probably one of Altman's most mainstream and least interesting efforts
That being said it has some wonderful artistic moments
I loved the last supper sequence
There were many other moments that were beautiuflly shot
I hope I was supposed to be repulsed by these characters because when I hear most people talk about the film they seem to revere there characters and I found them to be mostly awful people
Which is not a criticism of the film per sé
Though there are moments in this film that are cringe-inducing for their dated outlooks (curing a gay man with heterosexual sex), it is still a fantastically made satire. One where we can see the beginnings of Altman's technique of overlaying sound tracks and conversations.
Having recently read Catch-22 (whose film adaptation would pale in comparison to this), it was hard to shake the similarities between the two narratives. In each, we have blunt depictions of war, and how madness is the only escape from the lunacy of it all.
This isn't to understate how funny the film still is!
My indifference towards Robert Altman continues.
In the spirit of "fuck the army", group of sexist, homophobic and racist pieces of doctors try to continue their living despite everything around them is going wrong. Perhaps totally unlikable characters are its purpose but perhaps it kicks over at points. Best of its scenes though offer in-your-face satire and humanist comedy. Very conflicting watch but perhaps it should be.
Great movie. I understand why it's considered a classic. It might not have been laugh out loud hysterical, but to take the situations presented in this movie and make it even remotely funny is a huge accomplishment. Especially when you consider the hell that Robert Altman went through to get the movie made. I really enjoyed it and will be rewatching it for sure. Good times.
When I first saw MASH, I was mostly struck by how it used humour to demonstrate the way people maintain their humanity during war. That's still there, but this rewatch really emphasized how openly politically incorrect the film is. The film is of course very anti-authority, but the characters can also be seen as assholes who engage in behaviour which can be labelled as irresponsible, sexist, and homophobic. Personally, I don't think any of it is truly offensive, but I respect the balls Altman has in not making his characters totally nice and likable. Comedy needs to be mean sometimes. This is one of those times, and it works because this movie is fucking funny. The performances are great (Sutherland and Gould really should have done more together) and Altman constructs it all very well. It takes some time to really get going, but MASH is still really awesome.
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