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Screenshot Saturday: Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978)

It’s an almost universally acknowledged fact that Christopher Walken is a bad-ass. Walken is so widely hailed, imitated and prolific (Walken himself has said, “If you need a Chris Walken-type, you have got to get Chris Walken”) that it’s easy to forget he’s a profoundly talented actor. While Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone (1983) may be more appropriate for this blog to celebrate, it was The Deer Hunter (1978) that allowed Walken to stun for the first time, earning him his first Oscar nomination and win.

The photo below is a single flash of the lengthy film, meaningless without its context. However, in the context of Walken’s heart-breaking performance, it’s another chilling detail to the unbearable climax.

Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978)

So while we may be a day late to celebrate Walken’s 68th birthday, shouldn’t the hardest working man in Hollywood deserve more than a day?

In Walken’s own, wise words, “No more zoos.”

By Britta R. Moline 4/2/11

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