Album Review

Deer Hunter, The [coll] – [Capitol Records]

whngr   10/13/2022   12-inch, Soundtrack

Russian Roulette Retrospective

Sappy orchestral strings, Russian Orthodox Choir hymns, traditional slavic wedding song, Soviet  marching/folk song, helicopters, AK-47, pensive atmospheric strings and sparse flute as suits the source material, and one patriotic anthem on this LP from the 1978 Oscar (among many other) award winning film (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing) directed by Michael Cimino.

A harrowing tale of friendship subverted by war represented obtusely on this soundtrack. More of a document of the varied compositions and moods from the film than a representation of the subject matter and message, as this album does little to illuminate the listener to the grief, confusion, loss, betrayal, and morbid themes of The Deer Hunter. An excellent movie with a $6 soundtrack. Close your eyes and pull the trigger, if you land on “Struggling Forward” then it is your lucky day.

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