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Title:   One Day in September
Director:   Kevin Macdonald
Year:   1999
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   02.07.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
02.07.06Netflix pretty heavy stuff. Sad time, so much going wrong. In addition to the point of German disorganization which is pointed out pretty explicitly, I'm surprised that more attention wasn't paid to the fact that the uber-invasive media which had every second of that day broadcast from every angle hindered any rescue or deployment possibilities they might have tried. I guess doing something as simple as cutting the power to the terrorist-controlled building was too much to ask back then... but I guess it was a different time and really one of the first seeds of terrorism's current incarnation to hit the world populace. I wonder though if those Palestinians specifically picked their unique headgear because they knew it would become so creepy and strange. I mean, a white pith helmet? Huh?

In any case, this doc was pretty good, certainly delivered on the depressing sadness of the whole affair. I was not surprised at all to find out that this director also made a very decent doc on fellow documentarian Errol Morris. Morris' influence can be spotted in a few places here, even going so far as to use some Philip Glass music in a few spots... however the inclusion of rock songs and several montages give the film much less of a meditative vibe than Morris' usual work.
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