Monday, May 21, 2007

Live from Baghdad (movie review)

I caught this 2002 movie on HBO thanks to my newly installed DirecTV service.

There's something undermining about fictionalizing the lives of professional journalists who work so hard to write mostly nonfiction, or at least flag when there's a strong editorial spin.

Given how little was settled in the first Persian Gulf War, this film retroactively comes across as wartime propaganda, inexpertly done with CNN's behind the scenes blessing. As such, it's informative about the corporate mindset of the day, and therefore valuable to historians.

However, a talking head documentary, perhaps with cutaways to reenactments (labeled as such) would've been a more honest and less dumbed down format for communicating such bias.