The Big Red Oneby Perseus, Richard Schickel (Introduction)
Describing Sam Fuller as a cult legend and a celluloid genius would be like describing Muhammad Ali as a boxer or Jimi Hendrix as a guitar player. He was a singular American visionary, a giant of independent filmmaking, and a king of bruised-knuckle cinematic poetry. The Big Red One is his masterpiece. Twenty years in the making, both the novel and the film are
Describing Sam Fuller as a cult legend and a celluloid genius would be like describing Muhammad Ali as a boxer or Jimi Hendrix as a guitar player. He was a singular American visionary, a giant of independent filmmaking, and a king of bruised-knuckle cinematic poetry. The Big Red One is his masterpiece. Twenty years in the making, both the novel and the film are based on Fuller's own experiences with the Army's First Infantry Division ("the Big Red One") in World War II. The story centers on the friendship of five soldiers and follows them from the arid landscapes of Vichy French Africa to Europe to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and onward into Germany. Excruciating scenes of suffering and brutality are juxtaposed against heartbreaking scenes of compassion and selflessness. In Fuller's vision the lines between heroism and villainy are blurred"the only glory in war is surviving"but The Big Red One also provides an epic adventure steeped in the true history of World War II.
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I thought that this book was an inspiring story about if your in the army what you might experience and what happens. If I were goin to go to war and read this book then I would love it i loved it anyway though
It's wonderful having a new edition of this book because, other than Norman Mailer's The Naked and The Dead, it may be the best and truest novel of combat in World War II. Like Mailer, Fuller made use of his experience with the subject to create a work that's gritty, provocative and rewarding. This covers the length and breadth of the war against Germany, but its focus on a small group of soldiers makes it hit home. Highly recommended.
It was with great interest that I viewd the restored version of one of my favourite WWIImovies. The BIG RED ONE by maverick writer-director,the late SAMUEL FULLER. I am also delighted to note that the novel of the same movie is back on the market. ForWWIIaficionados, the combo DVD and novel of THE BIG RED ONE is a must. You can really feel that Mr.Fuller lived through the horrors of the war and I was deeply touched by the scenes of the liberation of the concentration camp in Falkenau, Czechoslovakia.It showed the horrors of the Nazi barbarians, yet was handled with great sensitivity and tact. Highly recommended. GODREY PYE, video editing. Hollywood, Ca.
What an interesting juxtaposition: the novel and Sam Fuller's seminal movie, THE BIG RED ONE. There are scenes in both that are so moving that you almost have to shut your eyes to the beauty and the horror and the emotion--but you can't because you've been sucked in and have to find out what happens. The writing is spare but evocative and the story is worth the read. After reading this re-issue of the book, I fully expect a re-make of the movie to follow. Pick it up, you won't be sorry.