By David Walsh
18 January 2013
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Director Kathryn Bigelow took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday [15 January 2013] to defend her pro-CIA film Zero Dark Thirty which has provoked opposition inside and outside the film industry. Bigelowâ€™s column, which reveals her as a slavish admirer of the US intelligence and military apparatus, only sinks herâ€”deservedlyâ€”deeper in the mire.
The filmmaker and her screenwriter Mark Boal, in their political blindness and misreading of the current state of American public opinion, thought they could get away with murder, as it were. They assumed that wide layers of the population would be as excited as they were by contact with torturers and assassins and would be enthused about a version of events essentially told by the latter. They were mistaken in this.
Bigelow now finds herself in the unenviable position of claiming that her film, which clearly offers a justification for torture and other war crimes, does not advocate torture. One can only conclude from her ludicrous and incoherent LA Times piece that Bigelow was unprepared for criticism and protest …