Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I bought a copy of Munich last night at Target--it's down to only ten dollars. It went down from twenty pretty quick, which I suppose isn't too surprising as it's hardly a blockbuster.

The only special feature on the disk is an introduction by Steven Spielberg. It made me wish Israel had paid more attention to the movie;

"I am not attacking Israel with this film . . . This film is an attempt to look at policies Israel shares with the rest of the world and why a country feels its best defence against a certain kind of violence is counter-violence. And we try to understand this as filmmakers through empathy. Because that's what you do--you extend empathy in every single direction because you can't understand the human motivation without empathy. This movie is not an argument for non-response and, on the contrary, what this movie is showing is that a response, that may be the right response, is still one that confronts you with some very difficult issues. And when we have to respond to terror to-day, what's relevant is the need to go through a careful process. Not to paralyse ourselves, not to prevent us from acting, but to try to ensure that the results that we produce are the ones we really intend.

"I mean it's the unintended, you know, results that are probably some of the worst and that are ultimately gonna bedevil us. What you see in this movie is not an attempt to answer whether there should be targeted killings or not. What I'm doing with this movie is highlighting some of the dilemmas and highlighting some of the issues that need to be discussed. I'm not trying to answer them. But the movie, in a sense, apart from being a human drama that explores what these guys went through, will hopefully stir that discussion."

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