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Nel 1972 le Olimpiadi di Monaco vengono interrotte da un atto terroristico che catalizza l'attenzione del mondo e lascia tutti con il fiato sospeso. Dei terroristi palestinesi prendono in ostaggio gli atleti israeliani e la polizia, dopo aver formato una squadra antiterrorismo, riesce a bloccare l'operazione. Il documentario cerca di ricostruire l'evento servendosi dei filmati dell'epoca, utilizzando le testimonianze dell'attentatore ancora vivente, Jamal Al Gashey, e le documentazioni della polizia.
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No padding, no dodgy dialogue, no script boobs; just an incredible story packed into a relatively short period of screen-time. It feels as though every image, every frame has been chosen specifically to drive the story.
Basically, this film sucks you in, grabs you by the neck and delivers such a painful sucker-punch that it leaves you shaking, quite literally.
Buy it, watch it and wonder how the hell someone let the mess in 1972 ever happen.
This video is rated 12 and over. Would I be happy for a 12-year-old to see close-up photographs of the dead hostages ? Depends on the 12-year-old, I think.
The apparent lack of remorse in the only surviving terrorist remains the most chilling aspect of this film, whilst the daughter placing sunflowers on the grave of the father she cannot remember remains the most poignant.
The documentary also managed to illustrate very convincingly the abject failure of the German / Bavarian police forces at the time to deal with the crisis at hand. This was partly due to the fact that (for historical reasons I suppose) the German constitution did not really Germany's armed forces to deal with such internal crises. This, together with the fact that such an incident was unprecedented at the time, and therefore, there were no police forces available that were trained to deal with this kind of incident, may help to explain the German failure, although the sheer scale of this failure is nonetheless breathtaking even when considering these "mitigating circumstances".
However, as often with documentaries, the devil is in the details. So is at one point suggested that Israel offered its own trained specialist security forces to deal with the crisis, but as the hostage-takers were pressing for time by negotiating relatively quickly for a plane to leave the country, the question remains whether these Israeli forces could have been brought in on time anyway.
And while the German security forces surely did bungle up this one big time, the Mossad agents who subsequently avenged the athletes' and coaches' death did a bit of bungling up themselves, e.g. by killing an innocent Morrokan waiter in Norway in front of his pregnant Norwegian wife, because they mistook him for one of the masterminds of the attack (although he was 20 cm shorter and happened to speak fluent Norwegian).Read more ›
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Very informative - and a good backdrop to the common perception...Published 18 months ago by William Downs