Steven Spielberg gives a pretty in depth interview to Roger Ebert about his no-win situation making “Munich”. Indeed, when opening up the Middle East for discussion you often get attacked from all sides.
In the interview Spielberg talks about his love and support of Israel;
“I am as truly pro-Israeli as you can possibly imagine. From the day I became morally and politically conscious of the importance of the state of Israel and its necessity to exist, I have believed that not just Israel, but the rest of the world, needs Israel to exist.
Later on he adds
“This film is no more anti-Israel than a similar film which offered criticism of America is anti-America,” he said. “Criticism is a form of love. I love America, and I’m critical of this administration. I love Israel, and I ask questions. Those who ask no questions may not be a country’s best friends.”
Agreed. If the movie is such that even Abe Foxman of the ADL says the movie treats Israel fairly, then who are we to disagree?
Nonetheless the choice of Tony Kushner as screenwriter, a man apparently on record as saying “I wish modern Israel hadn’t been born,” strikes me as a tad disconcerting. I mean, if that’s the perspective you go into writing a screenplay with, it’s a wonder you don’t come out with pure propaganda.
Of course the real problem with the whole hoopla surrounding Munich is that it’s based on a book known to be mostly fiction. Universal bought the rights to it a while back and had apparent “contractual obligations” to using it as source material.
So I’m left not knowing quite what to think. If you kept up with the Jewish tradition of Chinese food and a movie today, tell us what you thought of it.