1. Author Cullen Murphy talks to Terry Gross about the use of torture during the Inquisition:


Many people in the Bush administration were insisting [it] was not torture at all. The Inquisition was actually very clear on the matter. It obviously was torture. That’s why they were using it.


The director Kathryn Bigelow has faced a great deal of criticism for her depictions of torture in her film Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. She responded to that criticism this week in the LA Times. Here, too, is the Fresh Air interview from 2009 with Bigelow about The Hurt Locker.

    Author Cullen Murphy talks to Terry Gross about the use of torture during the Inquisition:

    Many people in the Bush administration were insisting [it] was not torture at all. The Inquisition was actually very clear on the matter. It obviously was torture. That’s why they were using it.

    The director Kathryn Bigelow has faced a great deal of criticism for her depictions of torture in her film Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. She responded to that criticism this week in the LA Times. Here, too, is the Fresh Air interview from 2009 with Bigelow about The Hurt Locker.

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    The Inquisition

    Torture

    Cullen Murphy

    Kathryn Bigelow

  1. Film critic David Edelstein on Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark Thirty:






The carnage is quick and conclusive. Bigelow doesn’t serve up a Hollywood shoot-out, and the way the SEALs pump extra bullets into prone bodies — among them bin Laden’s — is disturbing. But for all the supposed neutrality and the sad, ambiguous final shot, the ending is happy. We got him. 















Bigelow made big news in 2009 when she became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director with her film The Hurt Locker. Listen to the Fresh Air interview about that film with Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won the Oscar that year for Best Original Screenplay.

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    Film critic David Edelstein on Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark Thirty:

    The carnage is quick and conclusive. Bigelow doesn’t serve up a Hollywood shoot-out, and the way the SEALs pump extra bullets into prone bodies — among them bin Laden’s — is disturbing. But for all the supposed neutrality and the sad, ambiguous final shot, the ending is happy. We got him.


    Bigelow made big news in 2009 when she became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director with her film The Hurt Locker. Listen to the Fresh Air interview about that film with Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won the Oscar that year for Best Original Screenplay.

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    David Edelstein

    Zero Dark Thirty

    Kathryn Bigelow

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