STEVEN SPIELBERG SLAMMED OVER MUNICH MOVIE STEVEN SPIELBERG's movie about the 1972 MUNICH Olympic Games has been slammed as "superficial" and "pretentious" by Israel's consul-general in Los Angeles. The film follows an Israeli hit squad's hunt for Palestinian terrorists holding Jewish athletes hostage. Eleven of the athletes were killed when a German rescue attempt went wrong. But EHUD DANOCH fears the film delivers an incorrect moral message, by comparing the Mossad secret service agents with the terrorists. He says, "As a Hollywood movie, I assume that it will be defined as a well-made film, but from the standpoint of the messages it sends, the messages are problematic. "This is an incorrect moral equation. We in Israel know this. There is also a certain pretentiousness in attempting to treat a painful decades-long conflict by means of quite superficial statements in a movie." Spielberg has also been attacked by Jewish author JACK ENGELHARD - who accuses him of being "no friend of Israel".

The INDECENT PROPOSAL writer says, "Jews pioneered Hollywood. If, as our enemies say, we own Hollywood, well, here's the plot twist - we have lost Hollywood, and we have lost Spielberg. Spielberg is no friend of Israel.

Spielberg is no friend of truth."

Meanwhile: the STEVEN SPIELBERG movie, and blockbuster KING KONG are among the American Film Institute's (AFI) top ten films of 2005.

Also acknowledged in the list are BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, CRASH, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA and CAPOTE.

The top ten was voted by a jury of movie industry professionals. A similar panel voted 24, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, GREY'S ANATOMY, DEADWOOD, HOUSE, LOST, RESCUE ME, SLEEPER CELL, SOMETIMES IN APRIL and VERONICA MARS as the top TV shows of 2005.

The teams behind each film and TV programme will be honoured at an awards ceremony on 13 January (06).

AFI chief executive JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG says, "AFI is proud to honour these 20 collaborative teams. "As the institute recognises and celebrates excellence across the century, they will be part of the record that documents America's enduring cultural legacy."


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