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If for nothing else, Greetings would be memorable as the second feature-length directorial effort of Brian DePalma (his first, 1966's The Wedding Party, was released shortly afterward). A satire of late-1960s manners and mores, the film aims its barbs at Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam, the draft, the counterculture, Greenwich Village and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Billed first, Robert DeNiro actually has a supporting role as a young longhair who tries to help his best pal (Jonathan Warden) flunk his Army physical. Gerrit Graham is a JFK conspiracy theorist who may well have good reason to be paranoid. Though largely ignored by the mainstream press in America, Greetings was effusively honored at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival. The film was originally rated X due to its considerable sexual content. … More
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Critic Reviews for Greetings
Most of it is strained and unfunny, with some generous nudity for nudity's sake and a hip sprinkling of four-letter words.
What holds the film together is not its plot (there isn't one) but its attitude, its general instinct for what is funny in our society.
It's all served up with good humor, self-indulgence, a touch of wit, and once in a while a fine satirical relish.
This modest film by the young Brian De Palma, starring the young Robert De Niro, is one of the first features that dealt with Vietnam.
Brian De Palma's breezy, Godardian first feature distills the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in an era of countercultural experimentation and anti-war protest.
Audience Reviews for Greetings
Sometimes clever and funny, but DePalma's Greetings presents a lot of unfunny, unecessary and boring scenes; very dumb and no prespective to make somebody laugh with the poor screenplay. De Niro, however, show a nice acting. Greetings it's in my list of the most disappoint films that I ever saw. Rotten.
Almost too relevant for its own good, this is a hauntingly realistic interpretation of life in the 60s. It consists of draft dodging techniques, clues to the Kennedy assassination and making low budget porn. Following three friends, you really get a sense of what it was like to be a guy in his 20s at the brink of the Vietnam War. Itâ??s a subject that you donâ??t often see that much in film, but this does it so well that I donâ??t see the need to do it anywhere else. Brian De Palma presents a very experimental looking film that takes the camera places it doesnâ??t usually go. With a series of jump cuts, odd focus changes and panning, youâ??re being given a lens that wasnâ??t typical of the time period. It also happens to be Robert De Niroâ??s first starring role and an amazing one at that. Jon Rubin is an intellectual peeping tom that uses his manipulation skills to lure girls and film them stripping nude.
A quirky early film for De Niro, where it doesn?t really give his acting skills chance to shine through and yet, it is strangely intriguing. It feels like the type of movie which could have developed a Cult following, being an either love it or hate it type of film and yet I?m guessing as a lesser known title, this didn?t seem to be the case.
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