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These comments really insult men like my Father wh...

2009-11-05T09:55:03.833-05:00

These comments really insult men like my Father who served in WWII and in Korea. My grandfather died loading munitions in an explosion during WWII. I don't think having seen both Eastwood films and Saving Private Ryan that with the cast of THOUSANDS, that it would have been too difficult to feature shots of African Americans doing the work they did to serve. But as an educator, it is extremely problematic to me to omit the contributions of persons present at a conflict when you can include them and present the full picture. Eastwood could have shown in the long movie that is was, a 3-5 minute scene showing Black troops unloading munitions and then firing upon the Japanese. His excuse was poor, and dishonored those who served. Does it matter that less than 1% of Black were at Iwo Jima? Do the deaths of our Veterans matter? Eastwood could have done his homework and made all of us proud, but he sinned by omission and instead of being a man about it he wants to whine about Spike Lee calling him on it. Spike wasn't the only one, the Black Veterans from Iwo Jima also commented on their being excluded. Having lived through the horror of WWII and Jim Crow and discrimination, can we now give these remaining old honorable Veterans their due? Let us not be so selfish. Let us set better examples for our children.



Million Dollar Baby? Unforgiven? What does that ha...

2009-05-04T12:20:00.000-04:00

Million Dollar Baby? Unforgiven? What does that have to do with the question or WWII? You can make any movie you like but you should be prepared for criticism. Stop twisting things. If you are going to do an accurate protrayal show blacks in the small dangerous roles that they played. hahaha



I seem to remember people saying the same thing ab...

2008-05-25T13:23:00.000-04:00

I seem to remember people saying the same thing about "Saving Pvt Ryan." In Europe, as with the Pacific Theatre, blacks were regulated to support units. The only exceptions were the armoured unit mentioned above and if my memory serves me, an infantry unit that served in Italy.



Allan Dwan in the Sands of Iwo Jima in 1949 told t...

2008-05-23T23:04:00.000-04:00

Allan Dwan in the Sands of Iwo Jima in 1949 told the story now on DVD.



Dan--Apparently that doesn't count (at least in Sp...

2008-05-23T11:10:00.000-04:00

Dan--Apparently that doesn't count (at least in Spike Lee's universe). Same thing for "Million Dollar Baby," another Eastwood-Freeman collaboration. I'm still waiting for Lee to call Mr. Freeman an "Uncle Tom" for appearing in two Eastwood productions.

Reading various accounts of Eastwood's career as a film maker, certain trends emerge. First, he knows exactly what he wants, and he only works with people who can deliver, regardless of their politics. He's worked with plenty of libs (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and yes, Morgan Freeman) and all have been profuse in praising him as a director.

Noticeably absent from the list of collaborators is Spike Lee. I'm guessing that Clint never though much of his abilities (or his art) even before the Iwo Jima flap. I also suspect that Lee--a film school grad--is more than a little jealous of Eastwood's two Oscars for Best Director. In Spike Lee's universe, someone who learned direction on film sets (from such masters as Don Siegel and Sergio Leone) should never be considered a better director than an auteur like himself.



Uh, but what about Eastwood & Morgan Freeman in Un...

2008-05-23T00:32:00.000-04:00

Uh, but what about Eastwood & Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven?