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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003

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"Now that it seems certain that the Big Posse ordered up by our Hard Sheriff (President Bush) will soon go thundering into Iraq, scribes and helmers (Variety's words for writers and directors) can hardly be oblivious to the epic possibilities, cinematic and televisual, unfolding here.

My own thought is that it's far too epic a possibility to be relegated to the small screen. Television, after all, is where we'll see the real war -- or, at least, the real propaganda. Desert epics of this magnitude need a screen that will show a lot of sand. Remember "Lawrence of Arabia"? Remember "The Wind and the Lion"? Remember "Ishtar"?"