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No. 46: Munich

Israel’s existential plight

Jody Rosen
December 07, 2011

2005, dir. Steven Spielberg. The finest of Spielberg’s “high-minded” “adult” movies follows a group of Mossad agents as they exact revenge for the PLO’s terrorist attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. It’s a great genre movie: a taut, blood-quickening thriller, with beautifully shot action sequences. It’s also a surprisingly ambivalent essay on Israel’s existential plight and the toll that violence exacts on nations and individuals.

Jody Rosen is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.