Ritual, Tragedy, and Restoration

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The Deer Hunter at 40

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The Deer Hunter received the Academy Award for best picture at the Oscars ceremony in 1979. The film was much criticized by some for its Russian roulette sequences, especially the alleged “racism” on display in the film’s depiction of the Viet Cong. But The Deer Hunter is truly a mythic, poetic work of art. The film’s late director and co-author of its screenplay, Michael Cimino, would never duplicate the success he enjoyed with this film, but can rest assured that his work will last.

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