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Director defends 'Zero Dark Thirty' torture scenes

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Director Kathryn Bigelow is defending torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty," saying the military hunt for Osama bin Laden wasn't free of moral consequences.

The film, nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, opens by declaring it's based on firsthand accounts of actual events.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other lawmakers have criticized the film as misleading for suggesting that torture led to the location of bin Laden.

But Bigelow writes in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that torture was part of the story and that the backlash may be misdirected.

She says critics should perhaps direct their anger at those who ordered U.S. torture policies rather than her film.

Bigelow says it seems illogical to make a case against torture by denying the role it played in counterterrorism policy and practices.

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Jan 16, 2013 8:45AM
Maybe America needs a little more "in your face" information to see what we have actually done in the name of freedom.
Jan 16, 2013 8:52AM

Hey, why condem the use of turture in real life when you can make believe it doesn't happen and condem it when it gets portrayed in a film about real life events that involved the use of torture instead?



Jan 16, 2013 9:07AM
Why doesn't the media ever just bring up the following any time someone questions the use of torture...if torture was used to find the killer of someone you cared for, or would directly assist in finding someone you cared for that was a hostage, would you be so against it?  That should end the conversation right there for all you high and mighty Hollywood types and democrats.  It's not always a black and white issue and to expect no torture or a "lesser" type of torture for every situation is ridiculous.
Jan 16, 2013 9:28AM
Jan 16, 2013 10:44AM

Bigelow's comment in the LA Times is spot on.  My husband and I saw the film last weekend; he warned me about the torture scenes.  However, (as a veteran English/language arts teacher), I thought the scenes were realistic and fit the content.  I also think politicians should be more concerned about the extreme situations that lie before them rather than "covering their butts" with biased statements.  My thinks Madame Feinstein doth protest too much.  Heaven forbid that an elected official should accept responsibility for their actions.


The film made me appreciate those who dedicate their entire being to righting wrongs at all costs.  If the film is based on first-hand accounts (and I don't know why it wouldn't be), then we as Americans should be grateful to those who serve and to those who recognize in film or whatever media those who give their all for the greatest good.

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