Wednesday, August 21, 2002

REMEMBERING 9/11... THE FRENCH WAY

PARIS (Variety) - To commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, a French studio is unveiling an unusual omnibus movie called "11'09"01 September 11," which consists of 11 separate submissions from key directors in as many countries.
The problem: Several of the segments are stridently anti-American.
Consider the dialogue from the Egyptian submission directed by Youssef Chahine.
"The U.S. and Israel are democracies, their governments are elected by their people -- thus it is legitimate to attack their people," says the character, an unnamed filmmaker.
The segment goes on to talk about "the civilizations destroyed by the U.S.," and "the millions of victims" of American policy from Vietnam to Somalia.
The short also depicts with sympathy a Palestinian suicide bomber and his family.


Well, what else would you expect from Iranian, Egyptian and lefty European filmmakers for whom 9/11 was simply about getting back at the US for all the wrongs they may have caused?


Monday, August 19, 2002

FINKIELKRAUT SEUL CONTRE TOUS

Grand merci a Mangeclous pour avoir mis en ligne l'interview du grand intellectuel avec Elizabeth Levy. A lire absolument, en essayant de ne pas trop s'enerver des questions de Levy, qui a apparemment subi le lavage de cerveau a la Rony Brauman. Finkielkraut me semble aujourd'hui etre la seule voix raisonnable et mesuree au sujet d'Israel et j'admire sa resistance passionee face a l'acharnement contre lui dont fait part la majorite de l'intelligentsia francaise. J'avais bien aime Levy quand elle etait passee chez Thierry Ardisson et Franz-Olivier Gisbert. Tant pis. Une desillusion de plus.
PARESSE INTELLECTUELLE

Michel Wievorka signe un brouillon dans Liberation ( "La tentation autoritaire des Etats-Unis" ) ou il parvient a melanger Guantanamo, Enron, Fukuyama, Saddam, l'Eglise Catholique, Isarel et bin Laden en quelques lignes dans une succesion de cliches et de raccourcis en ecorchant au passage le nom de Martha Stewart ('Stuart'). Bravo! Surement a mettre sur le soleil d'aout.