[Marxism] Syriana

Louis R Godena louisgodena at ids.net
Thu Nov 24 08:54:28 MST 2005


Good review.   But, why do you call Allen "relentlessly non-political".   He 
refused to allow his films to be shown in apartheid South Africa.   He 
threatened to do likewise in Israel (even writing an op-ed piece in the NYT 
deploring the brutality of the Occupation), and, more recently, he told the 
Financial Times' Nigel Andrews that "[t]he current political climate 
is...one of the worst I can remember in my lifetime, if not the worst and 
maybe one of the worst of all time" (March 12/13).   Of course, I'm not 
aware of any overt political involvement on Allen's part in the anti-war or 
anti-apartheid movements, so perhaps that was what you were referring to?

Louis Godena

> What's remarkable is that the film's director, Barbara Kopple, had been 
> best known for politically engaged films like the Academy Award winning 
> documentary "Harlan County USA" (about miners striking in Kentucky) and 
> "The American Dream" (meat packers striking in Minnesota). Since Woody 
> Allen is relentlessly anti-political, this seems like an odd choice at 
> first.

> full: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/culture/woody_allen_jazz.htm

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