1.06.2013

naomi wolf: director kathryn bigelow is our generation's leni riefenstahl

Naomi Wolf, in The Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty is a gorgeously-shot, two-hour ad for keeping intelligence agents who committed crimes against Guantánamo prisoners out of jail. It makes heroes and heroines out of people who committed violent crimes against other people based on their race – something that has historical precedent.

Your film claims, in many scenes, that CIA torture was redeemed by the "information" it "secured", information that, according to your script, led to Bin Laden's capture. This narrative is a form of manufacture of innocence to mask a great crime: what your script blithely calls "the detainee program".
This is an excellent and important piece. I hope you will go here to read it.

5 comments:

allan said...

Glenn Greenwald also wrote a superb column about this pro-torture propaganda film: here.

laura k said...

Yes, a great piece, thanks for posting, Allan.

I wish Greenwald would get over his four paragraphs of throat-clearing before he starts writing, or at least put it at the end.

laura k said...

A note on Greenwald's column. He writes, about the killing of OBL, "Nobody can speak ill of it, or even question it, without immediately prompting an avalanche of anger and resentment."

Please tell me what aspect of US culture this does NOT apply to!

Unknown said...

I have no intention of seeing this movie, but nothing I've seen from Kathryn Bigelow suggests that she has the aesthetic sensibility of Reifenstahl.

laura k said...

nothing I've seen from Kathryn Bigelow suggests that she has the aesthetic sensibility of Reifenstahl.

I take it you did not read Wolf's piece. The comparison has nothing to do with aesthetics.