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Monday, May 01, 2006

Munich vs United 93



There are certain similarities between Munich and United 93. Both are high profile movies about terrorist attacks supposedly based on real life events and are the focus of a great deal of controversy. Let's look at the two of them now.

Munich Budget - 65 Million dollars \ United 93 Budget - 15 Million dollars

Munich was a large scale extravaganza with a top Hollywood director, a prominent cast, a famous screenwriter and lavish set designs. Its scenes were filled with symbolism and metaphors all around.

By contrast United 93 was cheaply shot in England with a small budget. Its actors are unknowns, the director was little known outside of cinematic circles and also handled the screenwriting. It tells its story without ornamentation or resort to metaphor and symbolism but by pointing a camera and showing how people lived and died.

Munich claimed to be based on a book by one of the Israeli agents, but in fact was written by an impostor. None of the actual agents were consulted, not even the agency itself and as a result the movie was filled with an endless cavalcade of absurd mistakes. When the movie came out both the Israeli and Palestinian sides described it as an absurd fiction and many of the family members condemned it.

By contrast United 93 used the actual flight controllers to recreate what had happened that day. Much of the story inside the plane was pieced together from cell phone calls and while additional material had to be added, it has not been challenged by the families or condemned for its inaccuracy.

Munich blatantly pursued a political agenda. United 93 tells the story without special pleading.

Munich bombed in theaters opening in eight place and failed to make back its budget. United 93 opened at the second spot and nearly made back its budget in its opening weekend alone.

Perhaps Hollywood can finally learn a lesson from this. It's not money, noise or propaganda that succeeds. Ultimately truth survives and lies sink.

5 comments:

Louis DePalma said...

United 93 is well done.
Munich is one mans propaganda rather than any relationship to truth.

Keliata said...

Spielberg and Kushner suffered from "author intrusion" in their attempt to convey what really happened. They injected too much of their personal bias, which really did rise to the level of propaganda. The last ten seconds of Munich confirms this, as Spielberg shifts to the World Trade Center looming in the background.

United 93 was indeed well done, and with class, sensitivity to the family and friends of the victims--and of course the truth.

One thing I will say about both films though: the brutality of the terrorists should be enough to shake everyone up to what these monsters are all about.

I have no desire to understand their excuses.

Theway2k said...

An awesome and insightful post on the idiocy of hollywood. To the dismay of leftist hollywood and the MSM, Mainstream Americans are beginning to pick up on the duplicity.

Sultan Knish said...

it's why hollywood doesn't want to show terrorists because they unavoidably have to show what they do, no matter how many excuses they make for them

weinsteinok said...

munich.........is why i dont go to the movies.....i havent seen united 93......but i hope too. shame on you mr spielberg

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