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Last night, as some readers may know, Roland Emmerich debated James Shapiro at the Director’s Guild of America on 57th Street in Manhattan. Mark Anderson was present, and his blog posting on the event is some of the best analysis of the “state of the debate” I’ve read in a while.
Amazingly, yes, Shapiro played the Nazi card at the Director’s Guild, saying that ”The film seems to [involve] on one side a lot of blond-haired guys who cared about their bloodlines who want to somehow restore something from the past that was great.”
As Mark reports:
“Yes, you read that correctly. Speaking to a successful and acclaimed German director, James Shapiro went THERE. It was a dog-whistle moment — effectively accusing the German filmmaking team of conveying reactionary or Nazi-like messages — that was truly shameful to witness.”
My own take on the whole event is, however, best summed up by the aborted exchange Anderson had with Shapiro:
Circumstantial evidence does not count.
Ask any lawyer. Circumstantial evidence wins the day in courtrooms around the world every day.
This is not a law case. It’s Shakespeare.
We are done here.
To which one can only add — “no kidding.” Truly a memorable Fitzcarraldo moment.