This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal thoroughly explores the ins and outs of the 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter. This enthralling, critically-acclaimed film, follows a trio of Russian-American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after fighting in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage, and co-starring John Cazale (in his final role) and Meryl Streep. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, a working-class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in locations around Vietnam.In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and filmmaker Mitch Lucas meticulously explore the themes present in The Deer Hunter while contemplating how post traumatic stress disorder is presented in the film. They discuss the work of the talented director behind the film and his notable fall from grace, the myriad of controversies surrounding the film, the use of Russian Roulette as a central metaphor of the film, the anti-war sentiments of The Deer Hunter, and much more.
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