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6 /10
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7.33 /10
Warren Beatty , Diane Keaton , Edward Herrman
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Directed by: Warren Beatty
Written by: Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths

Released: 1981
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 196

Life and times of John Reed (Warren Beatty, pictured right), whose account of the Russian Revolution influenced the world, and who became the only American buried within the Kremlin walls.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Or: how being a revolutionary can improve your sex life.

This is a good yarn with impressive crowd scenes; but Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton (pictured centre) are too modern, lightweight and Hollywoody as John Reed and Louise Bryant, and their love story as written here makes the one in David Lean's Dr Zhivago look deep. Maureen Stapleton (as Emma Goldman), and Jack Nicholson (pictured left, magnetic as Eugene O'Neill) overshadow them all too easily.

The use of real eye-witnesses - such as Henry Miller and Rebecca West - interspersed between the dramatic action does not illuminate the politics of the period as much as one might hope, and the decision not to identify them is irritating.

The Oscar-winning cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro; the editing by Dede Allen and Craig McKay was nominated.

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