Watch: Reds 1981 123movies, Full Movie Online – American journalist John Reed journeys to Russia to document the Bolshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant, then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed’s ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright, and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines..
Plot: An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed, who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant.
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well-made but intellectually dishonest
Technically, this was a pretty well-made film, though awfully long and a bit boring in spots because of this. So, for technical reasons alone, I give the film as high a score as I do.
Okay folks, my rather conservative roots are sure gonna show through on this one. This is because Warren Beatty and crew produced a “homage” to a “great American”–a man who hated America and did his best to work for the spread of international communism. While an interesting story in some ways, the overly idealistic way that Reed is portrayed is, to me, rather nauseating. While America was not perfect (what nation is?), Reed and his mistress did everything they could to attack democracy–she ultimately being arrested as a spy. I think this film is probably one of the best examples when people complain that “Hollywood is out of touch”–by idealizing a person who doesn’t deserve idealizing (similar to what happened when Frida Kahlo was recently portrayed on film–a woman who slept with Trotsky and later excused his murder by Stalinists because it was “good for the cause”–Stalin, the same man who was responsible for the deaths of millions!).
To me, a film does not need to feature only “good” people. However, over-idealizing the bad is intellectually dishonest and excuses evil. Additionally, a film does not need to be pro-American (such as the great film “Z”) but fairness and honesty are of at least of SOME importance.
PS–Perhaps I am the only one who sees the irony of this picture. Warren Beatty, a very rich guy who made his money in American films, promoting communism!! I guess it’s easy for a rich guy in a democratic society to complain–I wonder if poor guys in the old Soviet Union had this same opportunity?!
PPS–this dishonest film that bored most viewers and lost millions was adored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people) with lots of awards and nominations. This doesn’t exactly surprise me but says a lot about these ultra-pampered fools. A couple reviewers called the making of this film “brave”. Why brave? Hollywood eats up this sort of stuff.
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 15 min (195 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Warren Beatty
Writer Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths
Actors Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards Won 3 Oscars. 22 wins & 37 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Technovision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 5,380 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm