DOES DEPICTION EQUAL ENDORSEMENT?

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

KathrynBigelow630-jpg_181816Apparently there’s a good deal of outside-industry fuss over ZERO DARK THIRTY, directed by the first woman ever to win a directorial Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER 2010.)  Controversy, in fact.  Did it hit too close to home? Who knew what, who said too much, even Congress is inquiring.  I found this from a fellow blogger, Nick Dunn on Aussie based “S&H” blog site:

Bigelow herself responded to… accusations by stating that “depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no film-maker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time”, which some would argue is a more-than-fair point.

Incidentally, and directly to the point of my own blog, the “S&H” blog site, seenandheardfilms.com, “(believes) that the lack of women in the film industry is an impoverishment to our culture, one that can only be rectified once we recognise that the dramatic underrepresentation of women amongst both cast & crew is a problem.”  I plan to follow them a while.

But back to Bigelow’s movie.  I don’t pretend to know all the facts about this current controversy with her film, but I certainly know how I feel about the question of depiction equaling endorsement.  I’m not dumb.  Most of us aren’t.  Most of us can and do think for ourselves, right?  I didn’t plan to see ZERO DARK THIRTY, preferring to fill the rest of a glum winter with warmer, softer flicks.  But now I may have to watch it just to weigh in.  Just to see what this Oscar winning woman made.

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