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Ostomy Memories of Eight Flicks #5


“Catch-22” is a 1970 black comedy anti-war film adapted for the screen by Buck Henry from Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel. I must admit upfront that I find Heller’s novel to be one of the greatest of the 20th Century. It did not follow normal chronological progression, which makes Henry’s successful screenplay all the more impressive (although it got mixed reviews at the time). Another anti-war film, Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, came out at the same time and was a lot more successful. But I found Alan Arkin perfect as the main character Yosarrian, and the ensemble cast delightfully appropriate in each of their roles. And how else ought one approach the subject of war other than with an absurd and horrified perspective?  Few great novels get translated into great films, but I don't think director Mike Nichol's effort got the credit it deserved.  And few creative efforts produce a term that strikes a chord like CATCH-22. 

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Hello HenryM.

I think that 'Catch 22' was more popular over here in the UK than it was in the US. A brilliant film - and I don't watch very many.

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