How did “Munich” play with my civilian bridge-playing friends?
One of them had a screener of Steven Spielberg’s multi-group nominated film, “Munich” and showed the DVD on a giant, home entertainment TV screen for the group (all Jewish) during a break from an all-day session of bridge playing. Their reactions herewith:
A world-traveler: “If you weren’t around in 1972 this was hard to follow. But we yelled out loud at some of the scenes which were great.” … An engineer familiar with the world problems: “I got lost in the medium and couldn’t tell the Israelis from the Palestinians in some sequences. But on the whole, I would recommend it.” … A movie/theater enthusiast: “I liked his “Schindler’s List” much more. But it points out the fact that the only way to answer violence is with violence.” … A grandmother: “I thought the acting was magnificent and the photography outstanding. But I saw ‘Schindler’s List’ three times; I don’t think I will see this one again. The Palestinians were being covered up and the film didn’t say enough about the Germans’ culpability. Spielberg didn’t bring that up. Nevertheless, I thought it was terrific.” … A former sports producer who covered eight Olympics: “Spielberg was at the top of his form as a filmmaker — the locations were sensational — every one of his people was believable — from a mother to a hooker (killer). But how accurate was the role of the French mercenary? I was very impressed but it was somewhat long. He’s just great. I have a feeling it will be one of the five film (Oscar) nominees.” … A former studio executive compiled reactions of the rest of the group with: “You couldn’t distinguish some of the characters and where they were. But the cinematography was great. While most were familiar with the story, they didn’t know how many were caught until the end titles. Spielberg tried to balance it and the Israelis didn’t get justice. Personally, I believe that the Palestinians weren’t punished enough by other countries — or the U.N — and they weren’t on record as being terrorists. The technical credits were excellent.”
After the screening the group went into a lengthy discussion about the film — and cancelled the bridge game which was to have followed the screening.