Monday, June 04, 2007

CULTURAL MYOPIA

(ANSA) - German director Wim Wenders announced Friday that he will start shooting a film on life in Sicily's capital Palermo in September.Wenders, 62, said he has not written the screenplay of Palermo Story yet, but promised the movie will steer clear of tales of the Sicilian Mafia."I don't have a screenplay yet, but I know that the worst enemies of culture are stereotypes," said the Cannes Golden Palm winner.

Is Palermo without the Mafia like Venice without the canals, Sydney without the Opera House, or San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge?
This should be an interesting film.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Maxine said...

Yes, I agree. Maybe he'll ask Andrea Camilleri to write the script.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

This puts me in mind of comment I read, I think on a Goethe Institute Web site, but at any rate from a German commentator, that German crime fiction was slow getting started because Germans, given their dreadful political history, are leery of writing about law-breaking. Perhaps Wenders shares the wariness.
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10:18 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Maxine, perhaps they should have got Andrea Camilleri to write the history of the British Olympic bid.

Peter, that is an interesting theory which could result in some difficulties if carried out by others. If a dreadful history in something stops you writing about it then we would have no Italian crime writing, English sports books, or American political reporting.

I am not being serious as nothing could match Germany's political history, even electing Richard Nixon by a huge majority.

6:41 AM  

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