Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey Passes Muster with Newsweek

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2011 at 3:14PM

Newsweek's profile on Angelina Jolie, "Angie Goes to War" gives more insight into her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," than 60 Minutes did. Put Jolie on video for TV and the focus is bound to be her famous face, her celebrity.
0
Jolie, Newsweek

Newsweek's profile on Angelina Jolie, "Angie Goes to War" gives more insight into her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," than 60 Minutes did. Put Jolie on video for TV and the focus is bound to be her famous face, her celebrity.

Newsweek, on the other hand, treats her like a filmmaker, and examines her process behind the camera with this Bosnian War love story. Describing the film as "what humans do to other humans to survive,"  Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni, who herself lived "through the siege of Sarajevo" in the early 1990s, states that she scanned the film with a critical eye for anything inauthentic.

But, she confirms, "It is difficult not to admire Jolie, particularly after watching her film," which she made for $13 million with "a lot of humility." After being either irritated or annoyed by other films about Bosnia, Giovanni "emerged from Jolie’s screening impressed. How could a woman who was only 17 when the conflict in Bosnia erupted in April 1992 have so perfectly captured the horror of a war that focused largely on indiscriminate and brutal attacks on civilians?"

Jolie tells Giovanni, “When I go somewhere, I am always willing to learn about it. I get briefings, I read books, I talk to people. But mainly I try to go somewhere to bring awareness, to come home and pick up the phone and call someone and try to get something done.” That seems to be her impetus in much of the work she does, so why should this be any different? “The people felt as though the world had forgotten them. It was a time of great pain, and I wanted to depict how courageous people were—without offending anyone.”

On ABC News (watch below), Jolie states, "this was the worst genocide since World War II in Europe, and what were we all doing? And did we do enough? And why do we not speak about this enough? And why don't I know enough about this? And so I wanted to learn, I felt a responsibility to learn."

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

This article is related to: Box Office, Reviews, Directors, Headliners, Genres


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.