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My New York Times Review of Munich (please FReep)
01.10.06 | Mia T

Posted on 01/10/2006 1:46:33 AM PST by Mia T

My New York Times Review of Munich (please FReep)

CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE WORST KIND

January 9, 2006

Reviewer: miat22 (Mia T)

... to borrow a phrase, perversely, from a Spielberg flick about benign intelligence.

Munich, with its false premises, phony pieties and outright lies -- Spielberg fantasy wrapped in sober documentary -- is a verisimilitudinous contrivance that is pernicious, especially now, especially here, especially if we understand Spielberg's real motivation.

Truth matters not at all to Spielberg, and courage matters even less. To advance his fallacious argument, he has Golda Meir speak words she never said, never would have said and, obviously, cannot now disavow. Posthumous misappropriation is a preferred tactic of the abject coward.

Munich is less about Meir avenging the Munich massacre than it is about Bush waging the War on Terror. The historical (Munich) allusion is key to understanding Spielberg.

The core of his anti-war argument: By fighting back, we become our enemy. Ironically, with Munich, the same can now be said of Spielberg.

Is Spielberg humanizing the terrorist really any different from Riefenstahl humanizing Hitler? If anything, Spielberg is more contemptible. Whereas Riefenstahl symbolizes the naïve actress and director who is induced to deal with devils, Spielberg is self-actuated and aware.

Hollywood IS DreamWorks, fantastical and unthinking and solipsistic by definition.

To mitigate its danger, people capable of critical thinking must take on Hollywood... and must do so in Hollywood venues.

The printed word, sad to say, no longer carries the day.



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AFTERWORD
MUNICH: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE WORST KIND

(please see post 38)

THE 'MUNICH' ALLUSION:
THE DANGER OF SPIELBERG AND THE AMERICAN LEFT

(Please see
post 60)


WAR AND TREASON AND THE NEW YORK TIMES
(Please see post 65)

COPYRIGHT MIA T 2006


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; munich; newyorktimes; nyt; review; spielberg; terror; terrorism; terrorist; times; waronterror; wot
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1 posted on 01/10/2006 1:46:36 AM PST by Mia T
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To: jla; WorkingClassFilth; Gail Wynand; Brian Allen; Wolverine; Lonesome in Massachussets; IVote2; ...

a 'please FReep' ping :)


2 posted on 01/10/2006 1:55:32 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: hummingbird

ping


3 posted on 01/10/2006 2:07:28 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Republic

bump


4 posted on 01/10/2006 2:13:42 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: jla

bump


5 posted on 01/10/2006 2:19:26 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Wolverine

bump


6 posted on 01/10/2006 2:21:15 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: UWSrepublican

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7 posted on 01/10/2006 2:27:42 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Brian Allen

bump


8 posted on 01/10/2006 2:29:04 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: beyond the sea

bump


9 posted on 01/10/2006 2:39:15 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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^


10 posted on 01/10/2006 2:48:09 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

Mia T. bump.


11 posted on 01/10/2006 2:59:59 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Mia T

I voted. I don't think you can vote, though, if you aren't registered with the New York Times. You might give people a bugmenot password, and that might get your totals up higher.


12 posted on 01/10/2006 3:02:37 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Mia T

Will comment later... got 'business' in NY.


13 posted on 01/10/2006 3:17:49 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Miss Marple
Thanx. :)

Great idea, bugmenot. Not sure if NYT allows more than one vote per ID, tho.

(The only reason I'd like to get the numbers up is positioning, i.e., to avoid having the review buried in the back pages of the site.)

14 posted on 01/10/2006 3:32:42 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T
Bumped and Freeped. I notice the reviewers who loved the movie saw it purely as entertainment or believe it to be historically accurate.

I saw a profile on the movie "Alexander", in which Oliver Stone said something like "We're not historians; directors have 'License'." IOW, "We can take a historical event and twist it to read the way we need it to read." In this case, no thanks.

15 posted on 01/10/2006 3:41:51 AM PST by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet

thanx. :)

post-911, we need to revoke that 'license.'


16 posted on 01/10/2006 4:37:35 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T
I am getting a very good feeling about what is happening in Hollywood. It looks like they are getting ready to give America the finger on Oscar night by giving the best picture award to Broke-back Mountain.
Combine that with jon stewart running the show and they will send a big message to the few people who still go to movies that " You will continue to be insulted and you WILL take it, LIKE it or not!. And oh yeah, vote Democrat and death to America!"
All of this just in time for this important mid-term election. How nice is that?
17 posted on 01/10/2006 5:03:19 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (We will never murtha to the terrorists. Bring home the troops means bring home the war.)
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To: E.G.C.

thanx :)


18 posted on 01/10/2006 5:14:18 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: FlyVet
"I saw a profile on the movie "Alexander", in which Oliver Stone said something like "We're not historians; directors have 'License'." IOW, "We can take a historical event and twist it to read the way we need it to read.""

Amen to that. Spielberg has already proved to be an expert at that with the "Into the West" miniseries that came out last summer. The first half of it was pretty good, but after that, it was mainly just "Noble Indian lived in perfect peace and harmony until evil, smelly White Man came and destroyed everything for no reason."
In that miniseries, they glossed over the Indian attacks on settlers, they REALLY glossed over the battle of Little Big Horn and its aftermath (Even though a fairly major character in the series dies in Little Big Horn), yet they showed instances of white violence against Indians (i.e. the massacres at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee) with full gory detail. It's what liberal directors do best: Twist historical fact to suit whatever their agenda is.
19 posted on 01/10/2006 5:17:27 AM PST by Chewie84
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To: Mia T

Spielberg has publicized the fact that the movie is fiction, that some conversations and events never occurred, and that he purposely tried to make the Palentinians and Israelis equally wrong in the film.


20 posted on 01/10/2006 5:22:43 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: jmaroneps37

As an avid moviegoer who decided to no longer financially support anyone in Hollywood who is undermining this country, I thought I'd have a tough time reconciling my appreciation and support for fine creative works with my new algorithm of moviegoing.

Not the case. My algorithm has actually been more effective than the typical movie review in weeding out the bow-wows, bombs and bozos.


21 posted on 01/10/2006 5:36:06 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

Bump


22 posted on 01/10/2006 5:36:33 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: JoeGar

moral equivalence bump


23 posted on 01/10/2006 5:39:44 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T; Dad yer funny

freeped and bumped!


24 posted on 01/10/2006 5:40:20 AM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: freema

thx :)


25 posted on 01/10/2006 5:40:22 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Yehuda

thanx Yehuda :)


26 posted on 01/10/2006 5:41:02 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

Freeped & Bump!

Very well written as always Mia :)

Suz


27 posted on 01/10/2006 5:44:15 AM PST by SuzanneWeeks (There is no one more militant than an antiwar protester)
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To: Mia T

You have a wondrous way with words.

I voted yes!


28 posted on 01/10/2006 5:44:52 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Quilla

MiaT is the best ! A real patriot.

When I saw the adverts for the movie on TV and heard Spielberg was the director, I automatically wrote the movie off.

In fact, I do this concerning most movies out of Hollywood. Do you not find that no matter the content, they will always portray America as the bad guy, no matter what.


29 posted on 01/10/2006 6:57:37 AM PST by citizensgratitude (Our Military, present & past, the Highest example of Brotherhood of Man and doing God's Will)
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To: SuzanneWeeks

Thanx Suz ;)


30 posted on 01/10/2006 7:30:43 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: johnny7

thx :)


31 posted on 01/10/2006 7:35:35 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Chewie84; FlyVet
It's what liberal directors do best: Twist historical fact to suit whatever their agenda is.--Chewie84

Liberal historians, too....

Someone--was it Maupassant?--
once called history "that excitable and lying old lady."
The same can be said of historians.

Surely it can be said of Doris Kearns Goodwin,
the archetypical pharisaical historian,
not-so-latently clintonoid,
Lieberman-Paradigmatic
(i.e., clinton is an unfit president;
therefore clinton must remain president),
intellectually dishonest,
(habitually doing what the Arthur Schlesingers of this world do:
making history into the proof of their theories).

History Lesson
by Mia T
COMPLETE ARTICLE


32 posted on 01/10/2006 7:58:47 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Quilla

Thanks Quilla. :)


33 posted on 01/10/2006 7:59:41 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: citizensgratitude

thanx :)


34 posted on 01/10/2006 8:01:40 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

Your comments are, as usual, very thought provoking. Other commentators/reviewers have noted that Spielberg "humanized" the terrorists, but they suggest that this was an "afterthought", to avoid criticism that he was being too partial to the Israelis. What they may have missed (and what I wouldn't know, not having seen the film) is the notion of "Munich" as an analog for the War on Terror. Should I take that to mean that we will ultimately have to abandon the War on Terror, just as the Israelis had to abandon their anti-Black September operation because one (presumably) "innocent" Arab was whacked by mistake?


35 posted on 01/10/2006 8:17:11 AM PST by pawdoggie
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To: Mia T
Spielberg fantasy wrapped in sober documentary -- is a verisimilitudinous contrivance that is pernicious, especially now
I had to read that three times ... slowly. Well said!
36 posted on 01/10/2006 8:22:51 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Mia T

Great piece, Mia.

I read and scored the whole list, top to bottom, so also advanced yours relative to all of the others.

Which quite well suits the tone of the Spielberg [With whom, somewhat sad to say, my producer son quite often works] modus operendi.

Blessings - Brian


37 posted on 01/10/2006 9:04:51 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: Brian Allen

operandi


38 posted on 01/10/2006 9:05:39 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: pawdoggie; Mia T

<< .... the notion of "Munich" as an analog for the War on Terror. Should I take that to mean that we will ultimately have to abandon the War on Terror .... ? >>

Long associated with the image of Arthur Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister whose downfall was to have been too-literally-representative of his electorate [Which, least one forget, was then and, insofar as its relationship with terrorists of every color and creed, remains pathologically ostrich-like and abjectly-appeasement-oriented] - Munich came to be synonymous with appeasement.

And you may bet Tel Aviv to a Wad el Mansi mud brick that Spielberg and his gang, Tony Kushner preeminent among them, are au fait on their nuances.

And their [View of] history.

And share the same desires, obsessions even, insofar as the outcome of the present Crusade ... um, "War on Terror" is concerned.

Munich, the movie, is a [Not too] cunningly crafted morale booster for the islamanazis.


39 posted on 01/10/2006 9:38:24 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: oh8eleven

Sorry for the unwieldiness. I suspect that it was 'verisimilitudinous' that took it over the edge. ;)


40 posted on 01/10/2006 9:43:15 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: JoeGar

<< Spielberg .... [Now says he] purposely tried to make the "Palentinians" and Israelis equally wrong in the film. >>

Yair.

Defending oneself and ones family and ones nation against generationally hesperophobically-psychopathological mass-murderers is definitely every bit as wrong as is being psychopathological mass murderers.

Why even Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner know THAT!


41 posted on 01/10/2006 9:47:36 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: Brian Allen

very thorough! thanx Brian :)


42 posted on 01/10/2006 10:35:12 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

THX:)


43 posted on 01/10/2006 11:09:22 AM PST by bmwcyle (Gael Murphy is a bug)
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To: bmwcyle

thank you :)


44 posted on 01/10/2006 12:21:44 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T
Great review Mia T... and I let the NYSlimes know so. I remember when the Munich, hostage-thing was going down... Jim McKay of ABC fame told America that ALL the Israeli hostages were safe. Shades of the botched reporting @ Sago.

Just got back from Chappaqua BTW... where there is NO snow. Not surprised... human-manure keeps the ground warmer down there.

45 posted on 01/10/2006 1:01:51 PM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Mia T
Freeped-was informed that 21 out of 26 found your review helpful....voted...and the number stayed at 21. I dispise the NYT. (But, sigh, maybe it changes over later, who knows?)

Your review is marvelous! I love your wordsmithing, babe.

And I really love that you have saved me the money at the theatre ticket booth! Not to mention the time savings. MORE! MORE!

46 posted on 01/10/2006 1:32:41 PM PST by Republic (I have AMAZING confidence in and TRUST in our PRESIDENT! I LOVE HIM and his ENTIRE TEAM!)
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To: johnny7

thx.
Did you check out Old House Lane? ;)


47 posted on 01/10/2006 2:12:32 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Republic

Thanx, R. :)
Did you ever do anything with that email?


48 posted on 01/10/2006 2:15:20 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T
Nah... Sawmill River PKWY... Rt. 9A... that's about it. Might be moving down there soon.

If I do... I'll be FreeRepublic's 'Man in Chappaqua'.

49 posted on 01/10/2006 2:24:31 PM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: johnny7; ken5050

;)

Do you know ken5050?


50 posted on 01/10/2006 2:47:01 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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