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Opinion | ‘1917’ Turns a Horrific War Into an Uplifting Hero’s Journey - The New York Times
By Cathy Tempelsman
Ms. Tempelsman is a writer.

Feb. 8, 2020
- “The Myth of the Great War,” by John Mosier . Describes the“slaughter of the infantry” as “almost exclusively a British achievement.”
World War I was a disaster, but Sam Mendes’s Oscar-nominated epic paints a dangerously misleading picture of the conflict.......Mendes said that “1917” called for “a different kind of storytelling.” He described the “Great War” as “a chaos of mismanagement and human tragedy on a vast scale.”......If only he had told that story. Instead, “1917” left me uneasy. Mr. Mendes paints an uplifting and dangerously misleading picture of the war.......The fictionalized premise is this: General Erinmore (Colin Firth) sends two British soldiers on an urgent mission. They have until dawn to deliver a vital message: The Second Battalion is about to walk into a trap, and the attack must be called off. The general warns one of the soldiers, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), “If you don’t get there in time, we will lose 1,600 men — your brother among them.”
Right away, “1917” suggests a concern for the sanctity of human life from the top down. The reality was something else: an appalling indifference as the British high command sent hundreds of thousands of their young men to die..... the camera pans bodies and limbs strewn about battlefields. But photos of the maimed in World War I reveal truly grotesque wounds that are sanitized in “1917.” We see soldiers with bandaged eyes, but not the dreadful blisters from mustard gas as it was absorbed by woolen uniforms.
And what about shell shock? By that point in the war, the British high command was stymied by “womanish” recruits who showed signs of breakdown (hysteria, horrible tics, dreadful nightmares) despite having no physical wounds. The commanders’ answer was to shame the men and order them back to the front.....Instead of creating emotional truths, Mendes does the opposite. By disguising the brutal truths of the war, he sentimentalizes and even valorizes it — a war in which disregard for human life led to approximately 8.5 million military deaths around the world, and an estimated 21 million wounded.......“1917” provides escape from the true carnage of the “Great War.” Instead, it might have forced us to question the endless, inconclusive conflicts that have followed, and the butchery and sacrifice they inflict. We don’t need to feel better about World War I’s slaughter. We need to feel worse......If we’re going to avoid the stain of endless, senseless wars in the future, we have to tell stories that focus on the horror, rather than false heroics and filmmaking feats of wonder.
film_reviews  filmmaking  historical_dramas  massacres  movie_reviews  playwrights  sanitization   whitewashing  writers  WWI 
2 days ago by jerryking
The Arts in the 90s –
May 28, 2008 | Stabroek News | By Barrington Braithwaite.
'90s  art  art_galleries  artists  creative_class  culture  dance  drama  Guyana  Guyanese  history  nostalgia  playwrights 
may 2019 by jerryking
Stop the Bots From Killing Broadway - The New York Times
By LIN-MANUEL MIRANDAJUNE 7, 2016
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Broadway  bots  chatbots  playwrights  theatre 
june 2016 by jerryking
Stephen Byrd | Developing a Multiracial 'Desire' | Cultural Conversation by Joanne Kaufman - WSJ.com
April 26, 2012 | WSJ | By JOANNE KAUFMAN.

Former investment banker Stephen Byrd, 55, is one of the very few African-American producers on Broadway, and the first (with Alia Jones) to win London's Olivier Award, isn't interested in business as usual....The producer learning curve is steep enough. But Mr. Byrd has set himself an added challenge: attracting nontraditional audiences.
African-Americans  Broadway  theatre  playwrights  nontraditional  angels  risk-management  producers  learning_curves 
may 2012 by jerryking
Illuminating Shakespeare - WSJ.com
JUNE 6, 2011 By LIZZIE SIMON

Illuminating Shakespeare
lighting  playwrights 
june 2011 by jerryking
The Many Trials of 'Spider-Man' - Speakeasy - WSJ
March 11, 2011 WSJ By Peter Schneider
Looking back, he realizes that it was not one big mistake of judgment.
Instead, it was 10 little decisions that seemed inconsequential along
the way but, in retrospect, turned out to have led him into a precarious
and nearly fatal situation. At some point, the cumulative impact of all
those wrong decisions makes it impossible to regain your bearings.
theatre  post-mortems  failure  decision_making  producers  playwrights  cumulative  compounded 
march 2011 by jerryking
Interview with playwright Lynn Nottage
Feb. 11, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by J. Kelly Nestruck.
Interview with African-American playwright Lynn Nottage...."In Canada,
her time in the spotlight is just beginning. Obsidian Theatre’s
acclaimed production of Intimate Apparel, about a black lingerie
designer in 1905 New York, returns to Toronto tonight, promoted from the
243-seat Berkeley Street Theatre, where it was first staged, to the
827-seat Bluma Appel Theatre. And next January, Obsidian will co-produce
the Canadian premiere of Ruined --a gripping drama about women working
in a bar and brothel in war-ravaged Congo. "
playwrights  African-Americans  interviews  theatre 
february 2010 by jerryking
Drama Queen
May 2008, Toronto Life profile of playwright, advice columnist
and now novelist Claudia Dey is her generation’s quirkiest storyteller.
By Gerald Hannon. Under the pseudonym Bebe O’Shea, she wrote a sex
advice column for the defunct men’s magazine Toro.
Toronto_Life  playwrights  Claudia_Dey  Toro  sex_advice  quirky  storytelling 
march 2009 by jerryking
David Mamet's Revision
March 20, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by Daniel Henninger
Daniel_Henninger  WONDER_LAND  conservatism  liberalism  playwrights 
march 2009 by jerryking

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