A montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war. –IMDb
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.
Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.
At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as Bridge That Gap (1965). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom… read more
too much fiction and dramatization for documentary purposes. Unfortunately, I caught this on TV and I only knew this was a Brian de Palma film afterwards, when the credits rolled. Nevertheless... it tries to document what isn't real. Reality in cinema is a question that has been put since its dawn, yet, so little was done in order to film reality as it is, and not as we think it is. The film misses that.
PS: Of course the Iraq War and its atrocities are real but it's not that reality the film tries to capture. The shots try to prove they are effectively real, yet they miss their impact because there are too many cuts, too much directed drama. The film could be better if it tried to be what it is, pure fiction. Or, if it were pure transmedia, done objectively.
Moralizing and the erotic relations between porn, cinema & the state stripped bare.
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