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Spielberg Dodges 'Passion' Controversy

Postby Malle » 1 decade 5 years ago (Thu Mar 04, 2004 3:03 pm)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Declaring himself "too smart to answer a question like that," Steven Spielberg on Wednesday deftly sidestepped the controversy surrounding fellow filmmaker Mel Gibson's box office smash, "The Passion of the Christ," which has been accused of anti-semitism.

He said he had yet to see the film, which depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life. In its first week, it grossed more than $125 million at the domestic box office.

"I certainly am not going to comment based on circumstantial evidence from what I've been hearing and feeling in the last seven or eight days," Spielberg said at a news conference to promote the DVD release of his Oscar-winning Holocaust epic "Schindler's List."

"I think it's much too important, and I'm really too smart to answer a question like that.

"When I do see the film, the first person who will hear from me will be Mel Gibson and no one else," he added.

Jewish groups have said "Passion" resurrects old claims that the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus. Gibson's father, Hutton, a traditionalist Catholic, has said much of the Holocaust was fiction.

Flanked by Holocaust survivors, Los Angeles teens and many of the film's stars, including Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz and Caroline Goodall, Spielberg said he hoped "Schindler's List" would prove to Holocaust deniers that the murder of 6 million Jews did occur and that it would help educate children to prevent history from repeating itself.

The DVD will include an 11-minute clip explaining the work of Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, which is dedicated to archiving the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and a 77-minute documentary, "Voices From the List," which presents never-before-seen commentaries from Schindler survivors.

"There are Holocaust deniers who are so stuck in their hatred for Jews that neither 'Schindler's List' nor the Shoah Foundation will be able to convince them that 6 million murders actually occurred, but still we must try to convince them," Spielberg said.

Spielberg said he delayed the release of the DVD in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of both the film and the foundation, which has collected more than 52,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies in 56 countries. Half of that footage has been digitally indexed so that it can be accessed and seen worldwide.

Spielberg escorted several Holocaust survivors and some of the stars and filmmakers involved in the making of "Schindler's List" on a tour of the Shoah Foundation's offices. Among them was survivor Leon Leyson, who told Spielberg there was no doubt in his mind that the director revived the history of the Holocaust just as it was headed into "oblivion."

Survivor Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig told the director, "Schindler saved us, but you gave us our second life."

Spielberg said that in the decade since the release of "Schindler's List," the world has become a "very sad place again," which shows that people "don't really learn that much from history, and they need to."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


This is the same Spielberg that has recorded 'eye wittiness' account so they will survive in the future. I will come back with some accounts. Depending on your mood, you will either laughing or beeing pissed off.
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Postby code yellow » 1 decade 5 years ago (Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:26 pm)

:) I have actualy owned and have seen Spielberg's shoah video.There is not one mention of gas chambers.There is sad violin music in the background,crying Jews giving testimonies in which most don't sound that horrible.For instance,one man tells a story of how his father traded their last loaf of bread to another inmate for a Jewish bible.The person telling the story was sobbing.The only violent story I can recollect was this man who was a violin player.He alleged that Himmler(he didn't mention his name,but while he was telling the story,a sketched image of Himmler apeared on the screen),Wanted violin players.He had a few of the inmates there,he told one man to play.He played a jewsish melody,very beautifully,and two German soldiers came from behind and bashed his head in with pipes.The man telling the story then said he was told to play.He played a n horrible rendition of Blue Danube,while Himmler tapped on his knee.Himmler spared his life,and made him one of the new band players.THE AMAZING THING IS THAT HE HAD NEVER IN HIS LIFE PLAYED THE BLUE DANUBE BEFORE!NOT ONE NOTE OF IT IN HIS WHOLE LIFE!Yet another fantasic holocaust story.Speilberg should be ashamed for encouraging this nonsense.

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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 5 years ago (Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:11 am)

Daisy Miller, spokesperson for Spielberg's 'Shoah Foundation' , on the laughable 'survivor' interviews they have collected, 6/1/01:
“We would never dream of making this material available to the general public on the internet. Our material shall only be available to ***approved*** scholars, students, educators and researchers.”


And just WHO is it that "approves" these "scholars, students, educators and researchers?"

What are they afraid of?

And, when asking for donations, 6/1/01, Spielberg's Miller said:
I hate to be crass, but now is the time to bring up the subject of donations to keep our momentous work afloat. After all, we have a strict budget set at ***$13,000,000 per year***.”


Only $13,000,000 a year, and they always want more.

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Postby TMoran » 1 decade 5 years ago (Fri Mar 05, 2004 7:30 am)

From Article:

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Spielberg said he hoped "Schindler's List" would prove to Holocaust deniers that the murder of 6 million Jews did occur and that it would help educate children to prevent history from repeating itself.

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The traditional Hollywood influences, Spielberg for example, would have the world think that movies would constitute proof of something. I would say they would even want movie goers, especially kids to believe in such things as 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Friday the Thirteenth'. A dumb and dense mind is easy to control.

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Postby adtc » 1 decade 5 years ago (Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:04 am)

We would never dream of making this material available to the general public on the internet. Our material shall only be available to *approved* scholars, students, educators and researchers.

Pressac's opus about "gas chambers", has so many holes, that after a brief encounter with revisionist researchers, that scribble was no longer available even if one was willing to pay for it. It was being sold only to the "approved audiences".
Any commentary is superfluous. /adtc

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Postby TruthSeeker » 1 decade 5 years ago (Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:32 am)

Spielberg said he hoped "Schindler's List" would prove to Holocaust deniers that the murder of 6 million Jews did occur and that it would help educate children to prevent history from repeating itself.

TMoran, I agree with you on this quote! It seems like Jews want to use anything (even anachronism!) to "prove" that the "holocaust" took place. How that is even logically possible to think of is beyond me...

Has anyone seen "The Devil's Arithmetic"? I've seen it more than once. And it desperately tries to have a tone of pity for all the "brutalities" they had to endure at the hands of the Nazis (whereas in reality, they even had a pool for inmates to swim in!! but of course, that's not "proof", is it?). It also shows in "detail" how women and children were taken to gas chambers, and it shows gas coming out of shower heads... whereas those showerheads, from what I understand, were not connected to anything...

More on that here: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v11/v11p177_Aynat.html

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Postby code yellow » 1 decade 5 years ago (Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:34 pm)

:) I posted a thread one day that that speilberg carefully interprets,although does promote, the holocaust.In his shoah video,and the online shoah site with video testimony,although youu have the traditional props of sad violin music in the backgraound and crying jews,most of the testimonies you hear,at least the ones displayed on the tape and site,have very little violent content,and I have'nt heard one about gas chambers.As I have explained,Schindler's List has only one verbal reference to gas chambers,and it turns out to be a hoax.There is one scene of new internees entering the camp and in the background,you see a long line of people entering a building with a chimney stack bellowing smoke.I think maybe he is quite aware of revisionist investigations,and is being carefull to draw any revisionist attention towards himself.Who knows,maybe Mr. Speilberg has some doubts of his own that he doesn't publicly admit.


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