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A still from Greetings (1968)

Greetings

1968 | United States | 88 min
  • Watched on Wednesday Feb 3, 2021 via Blu-ray (2018 | Arrow Video | De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films)
    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Robert De Niro’s first credited feature. He plays one of three New York City twenty-somethings navigating the Vietnam War draft, computer-dating, and JFK conspiracy theories. De Palma structures the film as a series of vignettes, each with its own title card.

    I loved the guerilla-style New York City photography. And I appreciated the natural performances and De Palma’s plain presentation. But I struggled to connect with the film’s humor. It talks in shorthand to a 1968 audience, and I lack the social context and awareness to appreciate the nuance.

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