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BBC To Air Saddam Biopic
IMDB.com ^ | 28 October 2005

Posted on 10/28/2005 6:43:41 PM PDT by paudio

The BBC may be about to court renewed national controversy with its announced plans to produce a biopic about Saddam Hussein that, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper, will be told from the point of view of the former Iraqi leader's inner circle, rather than from a western perspective. The drama, tentatively titled House of Saddam, will primarily focus on his fall in 2003, writer Alex Holmes told the newspaper. "He had a vision, which was to create a great Arab nation and write himself into the history books as a great leader who would be remembered in hundreds of years time," Holmes said. But Saddam's own flaws, said Holmes, prevented him from achieving his vision "and instead dragged his country into misery and pain." He said that he had been able to interview, directly and indirectly, several members of Saddam's inner circle, including those who have been captured by coalition forces. "It's surprising how many aren't [in custody]," Holmes added. "We've been working on this for nine months, building relationships with people, building their trust. We are trying to understand their world and reassure them that we want to tell the story from their perspective -- from the inside out, not a western viewpoint." The film is being co-produced with America's Discovery Channel.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bbc; biopic; saddam
Ahhh... to make him 'more human', I believe?
1 posted on 10/28/2005 6:43:41 PM PDT by paudio
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To: paudio

Someone should take out a movie option on Saddam's novels.

Oops, I shouldn't have said that. I hope Michael Moore isn't lurking here.


2 posted on 10/28/2005 6:46:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: paudio

The BBC needed a TV-13 rating so they conveniently edited out the "political enemies going into the wood shredder" scenes.


3 posted on 10/28/2005 7:09:28 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: manwiththehands

"He had a vision, which was to create a great Arab nation and write himself into the history books as a great leader who would be remembered in hundreds of years time,"

Change "Arab" into "German", and you could have said this about Hitler.
And I'm sure Hitler's inner circle would have been sympathetic to him, too.
What they really mean, when they say they are not looking at this from a 'western' perspective, is that they are not going to condemn Saddam for killing 300,000 of his own people, using torture, rape, poison gas, etc.
The BBC will leave being "judgmental" to their documentaries about the USA.


4 posted on 10/28/2005 7:14:30 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight

His vision conflicted with fact. Instead of a great Arab leader Saddam turned out to be an idiot who got off on watching people being tortured, who bought jet airplanes and buried them, and stealing the riches of the Iranian people while watching them live in poverty.


5 posted on 10/28/2005 7:48:05 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: paudio
We are trying to understand their world and reassure them that we want to tell the story from their perspective -- from the inside out, not a western viewpoint.

Why is getting into the mind of evil men and treating them as equals so important to the Liberals?

Riddle me that Batman.

6 posted on 10/28/2005 8:40:58 PM PDT by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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. . . [the movie] will be told from the point of view of the former Iraqi leader's inner circle . . .

In other words, it'll be complete garbage.

7 posted on 10/29/2005 12:24:04 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: ThirstyMan

Put a liberal in a cell with Charles Manson for an hour...and see how quick they want to get out. Understanding a perspective...may not be the pleasurable experience that you think. And if for a moment...in the midst of a discussion with Adolph Hitler...you grasped that killing Jews by the millions was acceptable...might your fragile world of journalism just collapse? I don't mind a historian reporting what exactly occurred...but getting into the minds of some folks may not be worth the effort.


8 posted on 10/29/2005 12:40:35 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I'll be waiting for them to ask "how does it feel to be a mass murderer".


9 posted on 10/29/2005 4:10:50 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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