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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Do Not Pre-Judge Spielberg; Pre-Judge Gibson

Already Mel Gibson's newest movie (actually a a four-hour miniseries on ABC) about the Holocaust has critics worried about its content. Will it deny the Holocaust? As reported by the NYT, "Flory" is based on the true story of a Dutch Jew named Flory Van Beek and her non-Jewish boyfriend who sheltered her from the Nazis.

Meanwhile, Time Magazine fawns over Steven Spielberg's expected nuanced movie "Munich". Per the article by Richard Shickel, the Israeli Mossad members who sought to kill the terrorists involved in the 1972 hostage taking and murder of Israeli athletes at the Olympic Village in Munich merely contuinued the "cycle of violence".

Spielberg has said 'The only thing that's going to solve this is rational minds, a lot of sitting down and talking until you're blue in the gills." So talking and negotiations will ultimately work? Like Oslo and the rest?

I will give Spielberg the same benefit of the doubt as I give Gibson.

However, my guess is Gibson's Nazi's will receive less "nuance" than Spielberg's Palestinian murderers. Given Speilberg's script-writer Tony Kushner's past comments (he once said: "I think the founding of the State of Israel was for the Jewish people a historical, moral, political calamity.... I wish modern Israel hadn't been born."), nuance will likely avoid any fatwas.

One blogger suggests the following nuanced movies:

- The Koby Mandell Story: In 2001, Koby and his friend Yosef Ish Ran, both 13, were brutally stoned to death while hiking around Tekoa, their Gush Etzion community. How about an entirely fictional scene, in which just before Koby and Yosef were stoned to death, Koby, Yosef and the Palestinian terrorists meet and talk calmly, with the latter getting a chance to make their case for the creation of a homeland for their people? As Steve Spielberg says, the only thing that's going to solve this is rational minds, a lot of sitting down and talking until you're blue in the gills.

- Maalot: In 1974, PLO terrorists held 100 schoolchildren and their teachers hostage, and ultimately sprayed the kids with machine-gun fire. 26 people (21 of whom were students) were murdered, 66 others were wounded.Boring! How about an entirely fictional scene, in which the schoolchildren and the PLO terrorists meet and talk calmly, with the latter getting a chance to make their case for the creation of a homeland for their people?

That guy is not nuanced enough.

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