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Harvey Weinstein Gets My Criticism of “The Reader” Wrong

Harvey Weinstein’s statement about my criticism of “The Reader” was an obfuscation. I never said he and the producers of “The Reader” were Holocaust deniers. And Ron Rosenbaum never said that. Ron said they were exculpating German citizenry. And Marc Frydman and I are saying there are so many historical inaccuracies in “The Reader” that […]

Harvey Weinstein’s statement about my criticism of “The Reader” was an obfuscation.

I never said he and the producers of “The Reader” were Holocaust deniers. And Ron Rosenbaum never said that.

Ron said they were exculpating German citizenry. And Marc Frydman and I are saying there are so many historical inaccuracies in “The Reader” that it will give weaponry to Holocaust deniers.

I respect the filmmaking of Stephen Daldry. Every one of his movies have been nominated for best picture. This is no attack on him. But Marc Frydman, my producing partner, had a grandmother who was in Auschwitz. He watched this movie with me, and I could see the anxiety he went through.

Here’s a good example: In the movie there is a report that the SS has written up about the incident in question. Although records were kept, the SS never wrote about their atrocities in way we did about My Lai or Abu Ghraib.

So young people watching this movie will say, "Oh, at least they policed themselves.” This is historically inaccurate. It makes it seem as if when the SS committed an atrocity, they investigated it. This is inaccurate.

I think there are no bad intentions from anyone. Harvey is an important pillar of the Jewish community. But that doesn’t mean mistakes were not made.

BIO Rod Lurie

Rod Lurie wrote and directed the widely praised Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated political thriller "The Contender," starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman and Christian Slater and more recently "Nothing But the Truth," starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga and Alan Alda. 

Before he segued to filmmaking, Lurie was a film critic and entertainment reporter.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and served for four years as a Combat Arms officer in the U.S. Army.

 Lurie broke into journalism as an entertainment reporter for the New York Daily News, and was also a film critic for Channel 12 in Fairfield, Connecticut.  In addition, he was a frequent contributor to such magazines as Premiere, Movieline and Entertainment Weekly.

In Los Angeles, Lurie worked as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine from 1990-1995.  He spent the next four years as the film critic for 790 AM KABC Radio in Los Angeles.