Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Is it possible to write film criticism after Auschwitz? Theodor Adorno never asked this question, but maybe he should have. Donald Kuspit correctly criticizes Schindler’s List (February 1994) for reducing Jews and Nazis to stereotypes of good/victims and evil/victimizers, and for depicting Nazis in a way that “only makes them the carriers of forbidden wishes.” He might have added that a shower scene is the inappropriate fodder of Hollywood spectacle (unless it’s the shower scene from Psycho). He might also have said that the implicit message of such a film as Spielberg’s is the adequacy of its own genre to represent life—conveying as subtext the insidious notion that anything and everything is representable by Hollywood, that no extreme of human experience escapes its purview. Or, Kuspit might have exercised common sense and simply objected to turning the Holocaust into

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