Johnny Got His Gun

  • Dir: Dalton Trumbo

  • USA, 1971, English, 111 min, DCP

  • Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Donald Sutherland

Survival from war turns out to be the most horrifying experience to Joe, a patriotic young soldier grievously wounded and confined to a hospital back room. Left limbless, faceless, blind and dumb, Joe is only alive in memories and fantasies, as he learns to communicate with the world in search of a faint hope of life, or even death. Adapting his own novel in his only directorial effort, Oscar-winning blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo taps on every emotional effect to deliver a strong, disquieting cinematic statement about the cruelty of war and the meaning of life, conjuring nightmarish terror as in the surrealist cinema of Luis Buñuel, whom Trumbo originally wanted to direct.

Cannes Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize

3/1 (Sun): Film talk with Long Tin

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