Monday, April 27, 2009

France's Communist Daily Refers to Wajda's "Katyn" as a "Fictional" Film

Wajda intègre des documents d’archives soviétiques pour nous montrer que l’image peut mentir. Belle idée de cinéaste. Mais si l’image peut mentir, pourquoi alors ne pas douter de la version des faits rapportés par Wajda ?
Following Le Monde's criticism of Andrzej Wajda's Katyn (for the back-to-back justaposition of the Nazis and the Soviets as predators of the national territory), France's communists insist on reiterating the description of the Katyn Forest Massacre as that symbol of Nazi [!] barbarism, with L'Humanité — in a review replete with psychological pseudo-analysis, sophomoric philosophy (dialectics, ontology, how can we know what is right and what is not), and Godard quotes — referring to the movie as the latest fiction (une nouvelle fiction) of Andrzej Wajda.

Incidentally, Adam Michnik has written a strong rebuttal to Le Monde, accusing the daily of being a prisoner to the dogma that forbid comparing Hitler's crimes with those of Stalin… (Needless to say, Le Monde's ombuds(wo)man, Véronique Maurus, dismisses the controversy as a detail — as nothing more important than other readers' complaints about other film reviews that are too negative, too positive, or that give the ending away…)

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