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December 28, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Filed under: movies — furtherglory @ 10:07 am

I went to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yesterday, even though this is not the type of film that I really like.  I am more of a Merchant Ivory films kind of person — I enjoy films like Howard’s End and The Remains of the Day.  I have been reading about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a couple of years now.  And I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about.  The film is based on a book by Stieg Larson entitled Men Who Hate Women, which has sold over 50 million copies world wide. Fortunately, the title was changed for the movie, or people would be staying away in droves.  The movie title is much more intriguing and it has a nice ring to it.  Actually, a better title would be “The Revenge of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Daniel Craig plays the male lead in the movie, which made me think that this was going to be some kind of a James Bond flick, which I would not like.  Boy, was I wrong!  The movie is very complex and it is very fast paced. It might be hard for some people to understand without some background information, so I am going to give a short synopsis of the story.

Daniel Craig plays the part of a journalist who is asked by an wealthy Swedish industrialist (played by Christopher Plummer) to write his biography. The journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, has gotten the industrialist’s attention because he (Blomkvist) was in the news after he had disgraced himself some way.  What the Swedish tycoon really wants is for Blomkist, an investigative journalist, to find out what happened to his great-niece Harriet over 40 years ago. The whole family lives on a private island in Sweden and Christopher Plummer’s character suspects that Harriet was murdered by someone in the family.  But first, the Swedish industrialist hired a computer hacker, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” to check the background of the journalist.  As Daniel Craig’s character (the journalist) begins work on the investigation of the supposed murder of the niece, he hires “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to be his research assistant. Eventually, the journalist and his assistant become lovers, although the journalist already has a girl friend, played by Robin Wright, who is also his editor.

The part of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is played by Rooney Mara; her name in the movie is Lisbeth Salander.  She is a young girl, who is a ward of the state in Sweden; her case worker is one of the “Men who hate Women.” There is a horrible scene of sexual violence and a later scene where “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” gets her revenge.  Rooney Mara previously played the part of the dissatisfied girlfriend in the movie The Social Network.  When she first meets Daniel Craig in the movie, her first words are “Don’t touch me, or I will …..”  Actually, Daniel Craig plays the part of a nice guy in the movie; he wouldn’t do anything like the caseworker did.

I give the movie a thumbs up.  The opening credits are spectacular.  Rooney Mara gives an outstanding performance, as does Daniel Craig.  This is a great movie, but not for the kiddies, except maybe to teach boys not to rape a girl who has a dragon tattoo.  The movie has a surprise ending, which I guessed right from the start, because I am a suspicious person by nature.

Does Holocaust education teach hatred of the German people?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:17 am

In the comment section of my blog, a follower gave a link to an article published today in The Telegraph, a British newspaper.  The headline of the article is “Stop teaching about the holocaust so that children see Germany in a better light, says Lord Baker.”  The article starts off with this statement: “British schools should no longer teach children about the Nazis because it makes them think less favourably of modern Germany, the architect of the National Curriculum has claimed.” 

Amen to that!

I have said the same thing several times myself in my blog posts.  I have particularly criticized the British for taking young students on a one-day trip to Auschwitz to be indoctrinated.  Visitors cannot tour Auschwitz on their own now; I wrote about this here.

It was the British who originated the concept of concentration camps.  Is that taught in British schools?  I doubt it.

Pat Buchanan’s book Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World should be required reading for every British student.

This quote is from the article in The Telegraph:

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said that schools should concentrate on teaching “the story in our own country” rather than the events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust.

Lord Baker, who introduced the National Curriculum in the 1980s, said: “I would ban the study of Nazism from the history curriculum totally.

“It’s one of the most popular courses because it’s easily taught and I don’t really think that it does anything to learn more about Hitler and Nazism and the Holocaust.

“It doesn’t really make us favourably disposed to Germany for a start, present-day Germany.”

In another comment on my blog, many months ago, an American professor of history wrote this:  “Saying that Holocaust courses in the US teach students to hate Germans is nonsense. I teach Holocaust and German history courses in the US that certainly do not do that.”

In the same comment, the history professor wrote that prisoners were burned alive at Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, and that prisoners were marched out of the concentration camps near the end of the war for the purpose of killing them so that they would not be witnesses to the atrocities committed in the camps.  What do students, who are taught this version of history, think about the German people?  How can young Americans not hate the German people, after this kind of indoctrination?

Five states in the USA now mandate Holocaust education in public schools.  Does this conflict with our Constitution which mandates the separation of church and state?  I think it does, since the Holocaust has now become a world wide religion.  America has a United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC although the Holocaust didn’t happen here and is not a part of American history.

Another blogger has written about the subject of the Jews promoting the hatred of the German people here.

Do British schools teach anything about the German “expellees?”  I first heard about the millions of ethnic Germans who were expelled after World War II when I read a Letter to the Editor in a local newspaper about 15 years ago. Maybe there should be a new law that this must be taught in American schools.