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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:14 am 
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A fictional story inspired by true events, REDACTED is a cinematic rallying cry from one of film's greatest provocateurs, Brian De Palma.

REDACTED radically engages viewers in the way images and information are disseminated in a time of war. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, REDACTED exposes the extreme disconnect between the manipulation of images and information and the truth, especially timely as opposition to the Iraq War continues to mount.

Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, REDACTED utilises multiple points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and the media with those of the local Iraqi people caught in between, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the Iraq war and the implications of redacting or editing on all of us.

A passionate anti-war film, Brian De Palma's REDACTED is a thrilling return to form for the filmmaker and an urgent call to put an end to the current conflict in Iraq.


Has anyone seen this film? Sounds essential.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:22 pm 
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salon.com article on the Brian de Palma and his film

It would appear that de Palma is not entirely happy with the finished product as the studio did their own redacting. I have added my own emphasis to the quotation.

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In this interview and podcast, the legendary director discusses his upsetting new film, "Redacted," and rape as a metaphor for the Iraq war.

By Stephanie Zacharek

Nov. 13, 2007 | Brian De Palma's "Redacted" -- the title is a reference to the act of alteration, of editing or removing sensitive or confidential information -- is the messiest, most confounding picture about the Iraq war that has yet been made. It's also possibly the most direct, and the most potentially upsetting. "Redacted," a fictional story based on real events, wasn't even a germ of an idea when a representative of HDNet films asked De Palma if he'd be interested in shooting a film on high-definition video. De Palma was intrigued, but wanted to make sure he could first come up with an idea appropriate to the medium. He found his subject after he read about the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, in Mahmudiya in March 2006 -- an incident that recalled, to an eerie degree, the subject of De Palma's 1989 "Casualties of War," which was also based on a true story (recounted by Daniel Lang in a 1969 New Yorker piece).

De Palma has said that essentially everything he has put into "Redacted" can be found on the Internet: The director trawled the Web, examining pictures, videos and journal entries made by soldiers, looking at Islamic fundamentalist Web sites and, perhaps most significantly, locating numerous photographs of Iraq war victims -- many of them children -- that would never show up in the mainstream press. "Redacted" consists largely of re-creations of the images, videos, testimonies and blog entries De Palma found on the Web. But with the exception of the very last image (a re-creation of al-Janabi's corpse), the photographs that close the movie are the real thing. In these pictures, some of which are graphic and all of which are disturbing, the eyes of the subjects have been blacked out -- in other words, the images themselves have been redacted. (Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia, the studio behind "Redacted," has claimed that the alterations were necessary for legal reasons because the subjects had not signed releases. De Palma has publicly decried the alteration of the pictures in interviews and at the movie's New York Film Festival press conference in October.)

De Palma, 67, has built a career making movies that remind us we can't always trust what we see. With "Redacted," a very personal and very angry film, he goes even further in exploring our experience of what we see -- or don't see. I spoke with De Palma in October in New York, where he discussed the similarities between "Casualties" and "Redacted," talked about the failure of the media to tell us what's really happening in Iraq, and explained why he thinks Americans at home have been "living in the Green Zone."


It would appear that the film festival release the studio went out of its way not to have wide release of the movie. Here is IMDB numbers at http://imdb.com/title/tt0937237/business .


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Opening Weekend
$25,628 (USA) (18 November 2007) (15 Screens)

Gross
$62,786 (USA) (9 December 2007)
$53,915 (USA) (2 December 2007)
$44,651 (USA) (24 November 2007)
$25,628 (USA) (18 November 2007)


Weekend Gross
$2,330 (USA) (9 December 2007) (8 Screens)
$5,547 (USA) (2 December 2007) (10 Screens)
$10,039 (USA) (24 November 2007) (9 Screens)
$25,628 (USA) (18 November 2007) (15 Screens)

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Very interesting.

Isn't there something in the Muslim faith that says you shouldn't take pictures?

And of course the subjects (dead) have not signed permission to have their pictures taken or shown. Were they supposed to sign before being killed?

Looks like this picture isn't going to be a financial success in any way. Is there any chance it will be seen by enough people to get the point across that we are doing horrible things in the ME?

Of course, it is just a matter of 'following orders'.

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