Thursday, January 21, 2010


Slaughterhouse-Five is a 1972 science fiction film based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel by the same name. I didn't see the film until several years after it was released, and I read the book first. I liked the book better, but then I almost always do. "So it goes." George Roy Hill is the director, and the music is by Glenn Gould.

It's online here:
hmmm, I can't get this embed code to work, but the film is online at the link above.

Moria gives it 2 1/2 stars and says,
it is only when one has read the book that the film’s clumsiness becomes more apparent. It’s greatest crime is in the trivialization of all the book’s issues – be they Kurt Vonnegut’s dark irony, the very real tragedy of the bombing of Dresden, or the Tralfamadorian secret of happy life.

The New York Times says it
is a wild, noisy, sometimes very funny film that eventually becomes as unstuck in its own exuberance as its hero, Billy Pilgrim, the Illium, N. Y., optometrist, is unstuck in time.

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