BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | M*A*S*H | WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1

M*A*S*H   (1970)
Directed by Robert Altman
115 minutes
In English with English subtitles

Although this film was set in a medical unit on the front line in the Korean War in the 50s, no one seeing M*A*S*H in 1970 confused the film for anything but a slanderous comment on the Vietnam War…..this is one of the definitive counterculture movies that exploded into the mainstream beginning at the end of the ’60s. Director Robert Altman had labored for years doing mediocre work in television when this smash-hit black comedy made his name known internationally (and allowed him to create an astonishing string of offbeat pictures). Altman’s style of cruel humor, overlapping dialogue, and densely textured visuals brought the material to life in an all-new kind of war movie (or, more precisely, anti-war movie). Audiences had never seen anything like it: vaudeville routines played against spurting blood, fuelled with open ridicule of authority. Altman’s wildly subversive masterpiece carries a message that the world still hasn’t learned today- it stated that war was always a fool’s game, and there were no winners.

mashThe cast is led by Elliott Gould and Canadian actor Donald Sutherland (wow, it would be great to see Sutherland play such an outlandishly daring role today), as the outrageous surgeons Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre, with Robert Duvall as the uptight Major Burns and Sally Kellerman in an Oscar-nominated role as nurse “Hot Lips” Houlihan. M*A*S*H won tons of awards when it came out, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival. Oh, yes, of course this movie was later turned into a watered-down television show which betrayed all of the film’s transgressive imagination.This will be a high-definition projection.
BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00 Entrance: Free
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