Munich, as we have previously discussed, is Steven Spielberg’s next flick. Those of you who are seeing Jarhead this weekend will also be the first to see the trailer for Munich in a theatre (the rest of you can click here). This story of the vengeance taken by Israel against the perpetrators of the Munich massacre, where 11 Israeli Olympic atheletes were murdered is already generating Oscar buzz. Of course Spielberg is at the helm, but there’s also the screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and the stars, an international cast including Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down), Daniel Craig (the newly named James Bond, Layer Cake) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine).
The LA Times recently started a new Web site dedicated to anything and everything having to do with awards shows called The Envelope. A current poll asking readers to predict this year’s best-picture Oscar has Munich in the lead, with 30.5% of the vote. Expect a lot of controversy. Do not expect a simple minded glorification of the Mossad. The LA Times reported:
In a carefully worded statement issued this summer to an Israeli paper, an American paper and an Arab TV station, Spielberg, in his only public comment thus far, explained his intentions: “Viewing Israel’s response to Munich through the eyes of the men who were sent to avenge that tragedy adds a human dimension to a horrific episode that we usually think about only in political or military terms. By experiencing how the implacable resolve of these men to succeed in their mission slowly gave way to troubling doubts about what they were doing, I think we can learn something important about the tragic standoff we find ourselves in today.”
Munich is in theatres December 23rd.