Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Bigelow Still Doesn't Get it
Earlier: In case you thought Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, under a storm of criticism, would own up to false depictions and message in her film, here's what she said in accepting Best Director award from the New York Film Critics: "I thankfully want to say that I'm standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices, no author could ever write about them, and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time."
What a cop out. Of course depiction is not necessarily endorsement. But what if a film, or book, or TV doc, or magazine article, says it is "based on true events" but provides untrue picture? Gets a crucial fact or facts wrong? Offers a message that appears to endorse more than condemn?
Here's new slam from Michael Hastings and one from Dan Froomkin but the definitive hit on film was delivered by true expert Jane Mayer at The New Yorker.
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