Film

Even-Handed in Iraq

American Sniper is probably the most reviled box-office success in recent American film history. It is not that Clint Eastwood’s film is one of those big bad enjoyable movies like the Cecil B. De Mille epics many of us rather shamefacedly enjoyed in the 1950s. Discussion of this bio-pic about the late Chris Kyle—the deadliest sniper in US military history—has turned into a bitter debate over the Iraq War and the character of Kyle himself. The furore over American Sniper is similar to the agitation in the anti-war community when John Wayne made The Green Berets in the late 1960s.…

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