Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Iraq: The Unseen War

Recently came across this Salon article from Sept.2005 about photos from Iraq that are too graphic for the mainstream American press. Needless to say some of the pictures are quite disturbing.


Anonymous Oldtimer said...

Good work on the war.

"Paths of Glory" and "Mulholland Drive." You're one of the good guys. Have a Kurosawa favorite?

1:12 PM  
Blogger A. Shah said...

Hey OT :) My favorite Kurosawa flick is probably the Seven Samurai, but there's still quite a few I haven't gotten around to watching. It's pretty hard to choose one Kurosawa film- they're all so different from each other. What do you think is Kurosawa's best flick?

Paths of Glory is a great movie isn't it? I'm a huge fan of most of Kubrick's stuff but I think this has to be one of his best, really underrated.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Oldtimer said...

Roshoman and Ran

Agree with you on Paths of Glory. Also a big fan of Stanley.

If you were writing a script for the definitive movie on the current war, what would be your theme and story line? Or is it too early yet, in your view, to know what that should be?

8:46 PM  
Blogger A. Shah said...

That's an interesting question. I think it's still a little early to tell since I suspect this 'war' has only really gotten started. It would be hard to seperate Iraq from the 'war on terror' since this is what triggered the invasion and the country has become a new training ground for wannabe jihadis. In my opinion chaos, misinformation, 'religion' and empire should figure prominently in any script about this war. From an American perspective, seeing the war through the eyes of a naive jingoistic soldier would be the most obvious choice. Maybe having a 'covert operative' would make for a more interesting script since you could probably capture more of the political aspect of it.

Honestly I think a movie from an Iraqi 'everyman' perspective would be more interesting. To go from Saddam's regime to the anarchy at present, with the situation entirely out of your control all the time. There's just so much to work with.

8:19 AM  

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