One Day in September1999
One Day in September (1999)
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Director Kevin Macdonald turns this material into a nonfiction thriller the more appalling for its resonance with the tape in our own heads.
Undoubtedly shows the ineptitude and ruthlessness of German authorities back then.[Full review in Spanish]
Macdonald seems to continue the pattern of hiding the soil and fertilizing process of political crime beneath the more obvious sights and symptoms of that crime's most putrid expressions.
Has such a powerful subject...that it can hardly fail to make an emotional impact.
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"When I was a kid my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight." The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
"We are sorry for you. You made good Olympic Games. But you offered us a showcase and we have to use this showcase in order to show our possibility to so many millions... or even billions of people in the world who are watching your Olympic Games." This was one hell of an act of terrorism being broadcast live worldwide. The events leading to the massacre were outrageous, and the steps taken by the Germans to fight the terrorists were incredibly gullible. The ease with which they've got over it is laudable. The rescue operation designed worked so well that it led to the death of one and all of the hostages. Of course, they succeeded in shooting dead five terrorists and capturing the rest of the lot. And as if the negligent rescue operation wasn't enough, when the hijackers of a jet plane demanded release of the terrorists under trial, they readily handed them away. What surprises me the most is that the surviving terrorists received a grand welcome and those shot dead received the funeral for the martyrs in Libya. I mean, they didn't even try to hide any of this. Ain't it ridiculous? Had no idea whatsoever of this "One Day In September" till now. Maybe I'm far more ignorant than I'd assumed.
Hmmm....where to begin? There's the German government who was eager to erase the horrible legacy of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which Hitler used primarily as a tool for propaganda, and decided to provide relaxed security in the form of weaponless guards sporting gaudy baby blue blazers. Then there's the International Olympic Committee, who allowed the Games to go on while the athletes were held hostage in their room at Olympic Village. One shouldn't forget the drunken American athletes (Go U.S.A.!) who let the terrorists into the compound while sneaking home after curfew. And that's only the beginning. The movie contains some revelations about the German government and its actions. The movie, however, has one very weak point against it for criticizing the media for making the crisis a news event and spectacle, while simultaneously using same footage of the event for a sensational documentary. The ticking clock is a bit melodramatic, but I wouldn't hold that against it.
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