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Eastwood: American Sniper Makes ‘Biggest Antiwar Statement’ of All

American Sniper director Clint Eastwood weighed in on the cultural war surrounding his new, highly-grossing film, telling a Hollywood crowd that, per Yahoo! News, “the biggest antiwar statement any film” can make is to show “the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did.”

“One of my favorite war movies that I’ve been involved with is Letters from Iwo Jima,” Eastwood told the Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast on Saturday. “That was are about family, about being taken away from life, being sent someplace…In World War II, everybody just sort of went home and got over it. Now there is some effort to help people through it. In Chris Kyle’s case no good deed went unpunished.”

American Sniper has been criticized for eliding sniper Chris Kyle’s anti-Iraqi sentiments and ignoring the mendacity that got America in Iraq in the first place, turning the Iraq war, in the words of Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, “into a saccharine, almost PG-rated two-hour cinematic diversion about a killing machine with a heart of gold.”

[h/t Yahoo! News]

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