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June 13, 2005

Does Spielberg Really Need More Publicity? [John from WuzzaDem]

Spielberg says new movie reflects post-9/11 unease.


Steven Spielberg said on Monday that War of the Worlds, his remake of the classic tale of alien invasion, could be taken as a statement of America's deep unease following the September 11 attacks.

Yada yada yada, blah blah blah, then:

Spielberg said each time the story has been told there has been a larger backdrop. "Today's shadows 9/11. I think the film has found a place in society," Spielberg told a news conference after the premiere in Tokyo.

Spielberg noted that Wells' original story, beyond being science fiction, was a statement against British colonialism. In 1938, Orson Welles famously terrified audiences who believed his radio version of War of the Worlds was a real news item.

I call BS.

I know Spielberg is a typical Hollywood liberal, and I'm sure he'd like to attribute the inevitable success of War of the Worlds to the movie striking some chord with Americans who believe that the Bush administration has "gone too far" in it's response to 9/11.

But he's a huckster of the first order, and he's only playing the role of agitator so that he can get a little of that free publicity that he saw going to Revenge of the Sith.

Look for more detailed analogies soon:

"If you'll notice, the people who are under attack by the alien spacecraft have a real look of 'shock and awe' on their faces."

[posted by John from WuzzaDem]

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