Kathryn Bigelow, director of Zero Dark Thirty,the controversial account of the killing of Osama bin Laden by US Navy Seals in a CIA-led operation in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, has been described by feminist Naomi Wolf in The Guardian as “the handmaiden of evil,” and a successor to Germany’s notorious first female film director, Leni Riefenstahl.
Riefenstahl’s most famous work was the 1934 Triumph of the Will, regarded by many as an instrument of Nazi propaganda, as well as by others as a brilliant aesthetic and technical achievement.
It has not taken us long to arrive at Godwin’s Law.
The opening sequences of Bigelow’s movie portray torture, including waterboarding. This is carried out rather genially by the male CIA interrogator and witnessed by the film’s central character, Maya, a young female agent who has made it her mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden. Initially Maya…
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