January 9, 2009, - 1:09 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Today, I have a phone interview with Ed Zwick, writer/director of “Defiance” and a number of other movies and TV shows. The interview focuses on “Defiance,” starring Daniel Craig. As I’ve noted on this site, it’s the story of the Bielski brothers, Jewish partisans who fought back against the Nazis and saved hundreds of Jews. They are true heroes, and the movie captures that.
The movie is also important because it betrays the myth that Jews willingly went to the ovens and didn’t try to fight back. The Bielskis and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising are the two most famous instances of many such efforts to stop Nazi evil. I’ve always said, Jews with guns are my favorite combo. Hate to quote America’s most well-known porn star (Paris Hilton), but “That’s Hot.” (Not sure why she gets ownership of that common phrase.)
I’ve not yet posted my review of the movie, which I’m barred from doing until the movie releases in Detroit. But I liked it a lot, and I’ve written about it here and, as a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, I voted for it as one of the year’s best pictures, best ensembles, and Liev Schrieber as one of the year’s best supporting actors, as Zus Bielski. Zus’ son, Jay (who served in the IDF and is a New York doctor), commented on this site that the movie captured his father perfectly.
So, what questions would you suggest I ask Zwick? Please post ’em in the comments section. I’m reposting the trailer as a refresher.
One thing I plan to ask Zwick: Why do the Jews in Hollywood love portraying the bravery of Jews fighting tyranny 65 years ago, but can’t bring themselves to show the bravery of Jews fighting it in Israel today (and instead villainize them)?