Skip to comments."Redacted" stuns Venice-(American Atrociries In Iraq)BARF!
Posted on 08/31/2007 6:45:24 AM PDT by tcrlaf
VENICE (Reuters) - A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.
"Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition.
Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.
De Palma, 66, whose "Casualties of War" in 1989 told a similar tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film's images, all based on real material he found on the Internet.
"The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening in Iraq to the American people," he told reporters after a press screening.
"The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.
Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi was gang raped, killed and burnt by American soldiers in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in March 2006. Her parents and younger daughter were also killed.
Five soldiers have since been charged with the attack. Four of them have been given sentences of between 5 and 110 years.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
"The film's title refers to how, according to De Palma, mainstream American newspapers and television channels are failing to tell the true story of the war by keeping the most graphic images of the conflict away from public opinion.
"When I went out to find the pictures, I said (to the media) give me the pictures you can't publish," he said, adding that because of legal dangers he too had to "edit" the material.
"Everything that is in the movie is based on something I found that actually happened. But once I had put it in the script I would get a note from a lawyer saying you can't use that because it's real and we may get sued," De Palma said.
"So I was forced to fictionalize things that were actually real."
The film, shot in Jordan with a little known cast, ends with a series of photographs of Iraqi civilians killed and their faces blacked out for legal reasons."
FAKE, but accurate...
Brian De Palma = the enemy.
Enemy propaganda out of Hollyweird. The MO of traitors doesn’t change.
“So I was forced to fictionalize things that were actually real.”
Sounds like something Algore or Johm Kerry would say.
“all based on real material he found on the Internet.”
Or Dan Rather.
Yeah, we all know that everything found on Youtube is the truth not taken out of context or edited at all... /s
Doesn’t this guy usually specialize in misogyny, violence and horror? So now he has turned his attention to besmirching the reputation of those who defend his freedoms, in a country that has made him rich. I have never seen any of his films and now I know I never will. Not one dime.
The MSN dosen't miss any chances they get.
Okay, five Americans committed an atrocity and were tried and convicted by American military tribunals. And DePalma’s point is?
In the universe De Palma lives in, those sorts of things don't exist. In his universe all the trouble in the world is caused by Americans and the US military. In his world, no one was prosecuted for crimes against civilians - the military didn't investigate it and no one was court-martialed.
Who is this little prick and where did he come from ? Wasn’t he once a film director? Anti-American sacum...
That a$$ wipe dePalmer still alive? I thought that creep died of AIDS years ago!
Politics are (is?) dirty, but people like these film producers carry it way, way beyond indecency to nausea.
Flm can be a powerful medium, playing on emotions with visual cues and music, and in the process, can abandon all respect for truth, ala Michael Moore and Al Gore.
It is a prime tool of the propagandaministers. While the truth will set you free, the opposite will enslave you. For that reason, these are sinister people.
He wants American Congressmen to vote for suicide, I guess. BTW, why didn’t he make a film about Muslim atrocities and crimes... I am certain that the frequency of these events is greater and actual good quality images are more readily available from the perpetrators themselves who have been airing the stuff openly from the beginning. Muslim murderers and torturers are doing with film what the Nazis had such a sick compulsion for doing with written records... so I am sure there is a regular goldmine of images he could use to make a really gory flick about Muslim crimes.
I found this material on the internet. Is it in his film too?
Amen! This drug addled hack has been churning out one loser film after another for almost 4 decades. His films are marked by graphic violence, more often than not, directed towards women. Critics have not been kind to him over the last 20 years, but I'll be they love this one.
Deafening silence from Hollywood about the countless atrocities committed by Al Queda in Iraq, while this ONE INCIDENT by a few bad American GI’s is singled out.
Too bad there are a lot of fools out there who will buy into this crap.
If not for Hollywood and their inexcusable abuses of freedom of speech our image might just be a tad higher.
This piece of antiwar chicken manure needs to live in some foreign country.
In my lowly opinion, what a piece of scum bag liberal garbage.
We have to pull out of the U.S. now!
Such a very sad statement of today’s times. Imagine such a film on WWII back then. It is a wonder we are still free at all. Hollywood can drop in the ocean for all I care.
I keep waiting for the movie on the hugh number of rapes by UN peacekeepers.
He used to be my favorite director. What a pathetic way to wrap up a career!
“Hollywood is the main reason that Americas image has been destroyed”
I had a close business acquaintance, an engineer, in the early eighties, a Russian Jew married to a a non-Jew. He had learned English in underground classes and eventually had an opportunity to immigrate to the US on one of those special State programs.
His wife, from a village in western Russia, told of how her family, knowing full well what kind of discrimination they endured, cried. weeped and wailed when they heard she was going to the US. They just knew she would be raped and murdered here. Why? Because all they knew of the US were Hollywood movies and only the most violent were allowed to be shown in Russia.
I hope one day a Marine kicks his pathetic ass!
Of course, there are murderers in every country in the world, too.
That means everybody ought to leave every country, if we were to be consistent with the premise of this movie.
I find it interesting that there have been no movies made about our highly successful Gulf War 1.
We all know what his point is. He’s pissed that not enough people are spitting on US soldiers.
This is the “Birth of a Nation” of anti-American and anti-military movies.
He directed Carrie, and we know how that film ended. Get our kids out of government schools now! ;')
To answer your rhetorical question:
His (idiotic) point is forget about atrocities committed on a REGULAR basis and as their MO by Saddam pre-2003 and by the insurgents now.
I have a story about an illegal alien committing an atrocity as well, here in the US. I'll tell it to Brian.
Will that turn Brian in favor of deporting ALL illegal aliens???
One hopes that Brian De Palma or his loved ones one day meet the jihadis face to face. One hopes in that case, the jihadis are successful at getting him and his loved ones to submit...via the sword....
Brian, you clearly lost no one you cared about on 911- you are a piece of garbage,you deserve all ill that comes your way. In World War 2— you would have championed the good things that Herr Hitler was doing over in Germany. You would have defended Tojo during the Rape of Nanking. DePalma should be fragged..
Got this quote from Depalma on his page fromIMDB, At least he is consistant!!
“The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/second.”
Jennifer Weiss;Simone Urdl;Jason Kliot;Joanna Vicente;Todd Wagner;Mark Cuban
Yes, that same Mark Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks
More Commie propaganda from Brian De Punk!
so is this firmly fake?
is there aaaaaany truth?
or is it another fake soldier story. (ala videos with actors dressed up as soldiers.)
Dallas Mavericks just died as a franchise.
I will NEVER go see another Brian DePalma film EVER.
You bastard, WAR is SUPPOSED to be HELL. Freaking bleeding liberal IDIOT! Its no DETERRENT if it ISN’T!
Burn in your own private hell DePalma.
Who financed this piece of crap anyway??? I will boycott them as well.
Oh thats right, silly me, Al Qaeda and Iran. D’uh
A fictionalized account of a single bad incident involving US troops is worth a Hollywood epic, but routine daily acts of murder by al-Qaeda thugs in Iraq elicit nothing, except for the occasional snide comment that it’s our fault they’re doing it. Treasonous bastards, all.
For De Palmas statement to be true, that would have to mean the horrific events he describes in his film are pervasive and typical of American operations in the area. That is the meaning of his quote the reality of what is happening. If De Palmas film is not only not entirely accurate, but equally, not pervasive and typical, then De Palma may be telling us (more or less) about an event that happened in Iraq, but he is not telling us the reality of what is happening in Iraq.
In other words, De Palma is not a storyteller; he is a propagandist (in plain English, a damned liar). He ought to be awarded a Goebbels. His film is the very personification of one of the basic techniques (two actually) of The Art of Propaganda:
Select the few facts that support your case; discard the others, or simply indulge in a brazen reversal of their contents. Distort the facts that dont quite fit without some creative reshaping. From that base add inference and conjecture. And, follow the techniques of the BIG LIE to drive the point home.
De Palmas film is a exquisite example of how to lie by telling the truth (more or less), and it is a repetition of how we were feed the lies that brought us down in Vietnam.
Maybe De Palma and Craig can hook up and do to each other in an Airport bathroom what De Palma is trying to do to the American Troops in Iraq.