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Severe Clear

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Severe Clear" is a first-person account of the Marines who were on the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Scotti, First Lieutenant who shot it on his Mini-DV camera, and director Kristian Fraga, who assembled it, talk about the film and how it portrays life on the battlefield. "Severe Clear" opens on Friday, March 12, at the Angelika.

Guests:

Kristian Fraga, and Mike Scotti
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Comments [7]

Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Severe Clear fits right with Hurt Locker and nearly all American war films in the Dogma of War as Entertainment. Troubling, sad and disastrous for our futures.

Mar. 12 2010 12:31 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Notice how even today, even while people expressly admit there were no chemical weapons, no WMDs, the actual language tacitly takes as a given that the Iraqis presented an overwhelming opponent with all the capabilities Bush lied to us about.

This is what I mean by hagiography. There is no critical voice at all in Mr. Scotti's or Mr. Fraga's comments. Nothing probing. Nothing.

Pathetic.

Mar. 12 2010 12:29 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

So what was it like for Mike Scotti to confront Iraqi tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships? ....Oh, right, there were no Iraqi tanks, heavy artillery or gunships.

Mar. 12 2010 12:24 PM
Michael from Queens

Leonard's joke about a character in The Hurt Locker being "blown away" was in very, very poor taste.

I'm sure that at least a few members of our armed forces would be willing to have a laugh about certain combat issues, but they've earned that. Cozy civilians haven't.

I expect more tact from Mr. Lopate. This has certainly affected my opinion of him for the worse.

Mar. 12 2010 12:20 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

I wonder if we will ever see a film in the US that takes a sympathetic, honest look at Iraq from the perspective of Iraqis (or Afghanistan from Afghans, etc.)

I've heard a few war veterans say that Full Metal Jacket captured something essential. I have not heard that of Saving Private Ryan (and I the people from whom I've heard that were ground-pounders in WW2).

It's worth noting that the experience of Iraq War vets is radically different from that of WW2. Iraq NEVER represented anything like what the Germans represented to the Allies. Simple fact. Americans need to stop pretending that veterans today are seeing the same kind of action.

The US has gone to great lengths to make war a long-distance affair, even for many of the troops on the ground.

Sadly, the guests here Mike Scotti and Kristian Fraga sound more like hagiographers of American Dogma than people taking an honest look at one of the two worst monstrous war crimes (or a terrible many) since 1950.

Mar. 12 2010 12:17 PM
deborah stevenson from baltimore

THat remark implying PTSD is a choice, a condition one can control through strength of character, flies in the face of medical science.
Might he want to revise his comments?

Mar. 12 2010 12:16 PM
Unheard from NYC

Thank you Mike and Kristian for bringing this film to the public. In this time of instant information access we as a country are seriously lacking an understanding of what its like to be a soldier at war today. This is our history and we deserve to see more of what it actually entails.

Mar. 12 2010 12:14 PM

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