Essay heading: Film Critique on The Deer Hunter

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This is foreshadowing for the Russian roulette that they were forced to play in the POW camp and at the end of the movie when Nick kills himself while playing roulette. When asked about the roulette scenes Michael Cimino, the director of the movie, said that he had only read about games of that nature "in a newspaper report (After the Fact, page 418)...
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So one might suspect that these scenes, so powerful and the principle on which the film's symbolism is based, may not have ever actually occurred in these camps, or at least so rarely that it could hardly be portrayed as the general nature of games that the POWs were forced to play. The Deer Hunter does not focus much on the actual war in the field of battle...
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