M* A* S* H

Seven, noon, M ( 1970)

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

Robert Alt­man’s un­canny pic­to­rial of the lighter side ( read: mad­cap) of the Korean War fol­lows the an­tics of an ar­ray of Amer­i­can offi cers work­ing in the Mo­bile Army Sur­gi­cal Hospi­tal. The un­cen­sored, raw na­ture of the jok­ery and per­for­mances sets this far apart from the equally mag­nifi cent en­su­ing TV se­ries. With its fin­gers-up at­ti­tude, Alt­man’s scream of a movie – the first stu­dio film to use the “ F” word – was re­spon­si­ble for the spate of “ ir­rev­er­ent” and “ leisurely” films that fol­lowed in its wake.

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