MASH (film) | Critical Essay by Andrew Sarris

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of MASH (film).
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Critical Essay by Andrew Sarris

[My] biggest problem with Altman has arisen with his anti-genre derision in "The Long Good-bye" and "Buffalo Bill." I am not saying that Altman or any modern filmmaker should revere genre or even narrative. One may bypass it, but it is futile and unseemly to ridicule it. At times Altman evokes late Bergman's skepticism toward all forms of dramatic discourse, but in "Buffalo Bill," particularly, Altman has not devised an adequate substitute for the dramatic discourse. The result is that the grin of the Cheshire cat has frozen into a fashionable grimace of perpetual disenchantment….

What I find lacking in "Buffalo Bill" is any genuine affection for its subject….

Altman's relentlessly roving camera overcomments on the spectacle from such a cold distance that one wonders why anyone ever attended these Wild West Shows. The fault is more in...

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