4. ‘Catch-22’ (1970)
DVD: From Paramount Home Entertainment. At Amazon, $5.
Mostly maligned during a time of a release, “Catch-22” presented a nearly-impossible charge for Nichols — to film a really clever, dear novel that contained speeches and passages informed to many people in a audience, and to do so after a recover of Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H*,” another design about a stupidity of war, to that it would fundamentally be compared.
Vincent Canby, afterwards a New York Times’ film critic, was a champion of “Catch-22,” yet he had a few reservations. He pronounced Nichols’ chronicle conveyed a “special achievement” of Joseph Heller’s book, that was that a Captain Yossarian’s (Alan Arkin) panicked greeting to drifting rarely dangerous bombing missions over Italy, surrounded by inconstant soldiers on his possess side, is wholly reasonable, moving, and “so funny.” “For Yossarian,” Canby wrote, “panic is a kind of Nirvana.”
Nichols decently brings to life a novel’s expel of characters: General Dreedle (Orson Welles); Major Major (Bob Newhart); Milo Minderbinder (Jon Voight); Col. Cathcart (Martin Balsam) and Nurse Duckett (Paula Prentiss). When a tinge becomes some-more critical in a second half of a film, Nichols keeps it on march so that we still know that this is a universe he has been conveying all along, though we are saying a horrors that lay underneath a madness.