Saturday, July 09, 2005

Spielberg's Munich film going in the wrong direction.

Entertainment: Via Daily Telegraph

"....The film, with Eric Bana as the lead Israeli assassin, is expected to feature the killing of the Palestinian Mohammad Hamshiri, who answered his phone in Paris to fall victim to a radio-detonated bomb under his desk, and the death of Mohammad Boudia, the director of operations for Black September, in a car bomb explosion. The climax will show how the Israeli operatives, tired after months of undercover work, killed Ahmed Bouchike, a Moroccan waiter they mistook for a Palestinian leader. Israel has never claimed responsibility for the team, which included Ehud Barak, the future prime minister, who dressed as a woman to surprise three PLO leaders in Beirut. There is concern in Jerusalem that such a notable Jew as Spielberg has apparently avoided using the government's archives for his research, although Dennis Ross, formerly Bill Clinton's key Middle East diplomat, consulted by the director, has alerted the Israelis to the script. Daniel Craig, one of the British stars of the film, said that the screenplay is a less-than-flattering portrayal of Israeli tactics. "It's about how vengeance doesn't work - blood breeds blood." Craig said that Spielberg, creator of the Shoah Holocaust Foundation, was "incredibly aware" of his background "and that's why he wants to get it right". However, the office of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, which manages Mossad and its archives, has reportedly received no request for assistance. In addition, five retired Mossad agents, all of whom served in key intelligence posts at the time, have not been contacted."
Add to the earlier reports that Spielberg has Tony Kushner writing the screenplay and this film is going to be an apologist film as Daniel Craig alluded too. Spielberg is going to use a horrific event as background to whine about Israel being the problem for daring to defend itself.

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