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Tom Cruise and the Stauffenberg Plot

February 19, 2009

Der KruzeIt’s not really Hollywood’s fault, but there are a lot of ambiguities left out of Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie.  Surely, plotting to kill Hitler was a heroic act.  But Colonel Claus Schenk, Graf von Stauffenberg, the Nazi officer portrayed by Cruise, acted from motives that were less than 100% “progressive.”  And there’s the question of whether a leader of the cult of Scientology carries a little too much authoritarian baggage of his own.  Now that the film is playing in Europe, Bernard Henri Levy picks at some of the film’s tensions, oddities, and omissions [read it here].

By the way, Sign and Sight, the online magazine in which Levy’s essay appears, is a resource worth exploring and visiting again.  The editors provide English translations of selected articles from across the European press.  It’s a one-stop shop for keeping tabs on the cultural scenes of many lands in many tongues.

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