Sunday, June 21, 2009

A great wartime flick



I watched Defiance last night, a great flick about some tough Jews (and hundreds not so tough) who banded together in the forest of Belorussia and survived the Holocaust on their own terms. It ought to be shown in every civics class worldwide, but it won't be, because its message isn't palatable to the Good People who program those classes: sometimes, if good is to prevail, it's necessary to pick up a gun and blow the brains out of your oppressor, who may even be your neighbor or the local policeman. An unsparing look at the cruelty of peasant communities, of the virtues of being a tough farm boy instead of a chess-playing schoolmaster, and (to a much lesser extent) of the pitiless way the Germans waged war from 1939 to 1945 ... and the pitiless way we brought them down.

And a nice bit of penance by Daniel Craig, to make up for the trash his James Bond character has inflicted upon us. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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