Reds is a 1981 american epic historical drama co-written, produced, and directed by warren beatty the picture centers on the life and career of john reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the russian revolution in his book ten days that shook the world beatty stars in the lead role alongside diane keaton as louise bryant and jack nicholson as eugene o'neill.
Reds is a 1981 film about the life of american journalist-turned-revolutionary john reed (warren beatty) it functions at once as a political and romantic biography of reed as well as a historical account of the october revolution in russia.
Warren beatty came across the story of john reed in the mid 1960s, and executive producer and film editor dede allen remembers beatty mentioning making a film about reed's life as early as 1966 the first script was written by beatty in 1969.
The bryant–reed story is told in the 1981 film reds, starring diane keaton as bryant and warren beatty as reed supporting actors include jack nicholson as eugene o'neill, maureen stapleton as emma goldman , jerzy kosiński as grigory zinoviev (one of the bolshevik leaders), and edward herrmann as max eastman. Queen of bohemia: the life of louise bryant new york: houghton mifflin company isbn 978-0-395-68396-5 gardner, virginia (1982) friend and lover: the life of louise bryant new york: horizon press isbn 978-0-8180-0233-5 gelb, barbara (1973) so short a time: a biography of john reed and louise bryant new york: w w norton & company.
The film, based on actual events, tells the story of john reed (beatty), american communist, journalist and activist, whose love affair with writer/feminist louise bryant (diane keaton) unfolds against the explosive backdrop of the russian revolution. Abraham victor and his wife, rose, enjoyed the movie ''reds'' they were just disappointed by the scenes depicting the croton-on-hudson home that was once the residence of the main subjects of the film, the journalists-activists john reed and louise bryant the recreation of the house, they say, was ''concocted'' the victors ought to know.
Reds, the historical epic written, produced, and directed by warren beatty, follows the life of john reed as it intertwines with louise bryant , the russian revolution, and other historical characters. Produced, directed, and cowritten by warren beatty, who also stars as radical journalist john reed, reds is a sprawling yet highly personal epic.