Saturday, May 26, 2007

"Silence" Not About the War in Iraq!

OK folks, give me a break! First "300," a movie about an ancient military battle was said to be about George Bush. Now, we are to believe that "Silence," the movie Scorcese is finally making about Christian missionaries in 17th century Japan is about the war in Iraq! According to IMDB:

Scorsese Reveals Controversial Film Set in Japan
Martin Scorsese has disclosed that he is planning to direct a movie, set in 17th-century Japan, that may have implications related to the war in Iraq. In an interview with the Associated Press at the Cannes film festival, Scorsese said that his film, Silence, presumably based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo and William Johnston about Portuguese Christian missionaries who arrived in Japan in feudal times, has parallels to America's role in Iraq. The Oscar-winning director (The Departed) said that he hopes to shoot the film in Japan, at least partially, beginning next summer. "It raises a lot of questions about foreign cultures coming in and imposing their way of thinking on another culture they know nothing about," Scorsese told the A.P.

Hello people! The 17th century was long before the 21st, and the novel Silence was written long before the Iraq war. So please don't ruin a great story by politicizing it! Please!!!

And that goes for you too, Marty!


Blogger David said...

More importantly, I think any connections are tenuous at best. I've read Silence, so I speak from experience. The Jesuits were trying to make a religious effort, not a political one, for one thing.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

But I heard Karl Rove was a consultant to the film?

12:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Someone needs to break it to Marty that HE did write the story. The original writer, as we say in show biz, was God. Then there were the Jesuit martyrs. Then Endo did a fantastic job of telling the tale. And what Marty needs to do is bring the story to life on the screen, and otherwise, stay the hell out of its way.

Sorry, but you know how I feel about the story and the book. I was NOT happy when I heard it was going to be a movie. (And I am fully aware of the irony of my position.)

5:31 PM  

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