spielberg.jpgEveryone's talking about Spielberg's  TIME magazine cover, which is immediately notable for two reasons: 1) it's exactly what he said he wasn't going to do in order to promote Munich, and 2), it's called "Spielberg's Secret Masterpiece" - the implication being, "We don't have to even see this film to know it's totally awesome." Gag.

But the point of this post is not to comment on Richard Schickel's talent for fellatio. The point is to isolate a comment, made in the interview by Spielberg, in regards to a plan he's got to smooth Middle East tensions with videotape. Starting in February, the director plans to hand out 250 video cameras, 125 to Israeli teenagers, 125 to Palestinian teenagers. He'll then ask the kids to make films – "not dramas, just little documentaries about who they are and what they believe in, who their parents are, where they go to school, what they had to eat, what movies they watch, what CDs they listen to" – and then trade tapes. "That's the kind of thing that can be effective, I think," Spielberg says, "in simply making people understand that there aren't that many differences that divide Israelis from Palestinians--not as human beings, anyway."

Isn't that exactly what you'd expect this guy to say? Years of conflict, unsolvable by anyone – but all we ever needed to do was hand out a couple of handicams. Problem solved.