What we have here are atrocities comparable with many on the Eastern Front in the Second World War that form part of the Holocaust...I haven't seen the film, by the way. But I saw the war.
But we must note that a similar inquiry could not have taken place in any Arab country, nor a film like Ari Folman's be made there.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Guardian Waltzes with Bashir
Waltz with Bashir, an Israeli film about the events and memory of the First Lebanon War of 1982, has apparently just opened in London - and the Guardian is fascinated. The film is listed here, and reviewed here here and here: wildly favorably in all cases. This isn't surprising, given that it's an anti-war film, but the Guardian reviewers seem mostly to be getting the complexity. This is especially stark in Phillip French's review, which contains a mixture of the outlandish alongside the fair: