From Yahoo news….in which we learn 1.) maybe just maybe a spielberg film of uplift will transform the middle east; 2.) spielberg condemns the mass murder of athletes 3.) having a family makes someone a nuanced “individual” and 4.) killing a person up close is “excruciating” (who did spielberg kill? I hear he lunged at Phyllis Diller with a steakknife at Morton’s). spielberg, as a one man hollywood blitzkrieg, has taken on world war 2, the holocaust, prehistory, outer space….and now international terrorism! can’t the guy just do something about a couple of people sitting in a room? however, I do look forward to Tom Hanks playing Arafat.
Spielberg Film Looks at Munich Olympics
NEW YORK – Steven Spielberg is taking on terror. His latest film, “Munich,” centers on the aftermath of the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
“I don’t think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today,” Spielberg tells Time magazine in its Dec. 12 issue. “But it’s certainly worth a try.”
Eric Bana (“Troy”) stars as a Mossad agent who leads a secret Israeli squad assigned to assassinate 11 Palestinians suspected of planning the killings.
“We don’t demonize our targets,” Spielberg says. “They’re individuals. They have families. Although what happened in Munich, I condemn.”
Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner would not reveal the identity of the man Bana portrays, whom they interviewed at length.
“There is something about killing people at close range that is excruciating,” Spielberg tells the magazine. “It’s bound to try a man’s soul.”