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Friday, July 08, 2005 

Steven Spielberg is no longer a great filmmaker

While Ha'aretz is usually a crummy newspaper, this is one of their better efforts: Steven Spielberg has apparently relied upon a poorly written book for his next movie, "Vengeance."

"The problem that Spielberg and the producers of the new film have is that of the wealth of available information on the subject, they have chosen the most controversial book, "Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team," by Canadian journalist George Jonas, which was published in 1984. According to reports, "Vengeance" is also the provisional title of Spielberg's film.

The book, upon which a film screened on the American HBO
television channel has already been based, tells the story of "Avner," who heads the hit team. The book is strewn with mistakes. Some of them are obvious: For example, Avner tells how he was summoned to prime minister Golda Meir's office and assigned the mission of heading the unit."
Now I know that, as Debbie Schlussel pointed out recently in one of her articles, this is already looking bad enough. But this certainly tells a whole lot more about Spielberg's upcoming movie, and why it's better left unattended.

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