A Private War

A Private War

DVD - 2019 | Anamorphic widescreen edition
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In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the most admired war correspondents of today. She is fearless and rebellious, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe. After being hit by a grenade, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Her mission to show the true cost of war leads her, along with war photographer Paul Conroy, to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives.
Publisher: [Hollywood, California] : Paramount, [2019]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD PRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches

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INVS
Jul 08, 2019

Marie Colvin reporting somehow slipped past me, possibly because I did not have access to CNN cable TV & where I lived, what I read just didn't cover her stories. Having established that, I was somewhat confused with this portrayal & agree with numerous reviews. It seemed all over the place, which war coverage (since there are simultaneous ones always on) & her personal life seemed a mess. The part where she interviews the Gaddafi was chilling for me, so she appears to have been without fear. Stanley Tucci is on my favorite list, but I hardly recognized him here.

I do not mean any disrespect of Colvin. She braved horrendous conditions to speak with war victims, especially in Homs. This is not a film I'd ever watch again.

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matcat44
Jun 24, 2019

I thought this had great promise, but then somewhat confusing and ultimately we began to lose interest.

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chriscoleman
May 25, 2019

This is a film about the last five years of Marie Colvin's life.
She was an American journalist who worked for the Sunday Times newspaper and sought out the war zones in the world and went there to write their stories. Unfortunately the film dwelled more on her mess of a personal life and her alcoholism than on the actual stories she covered. Then when those were finally included they were mere snippets without context so you couldn't really tell what story she was covering. They could've done much better.

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maipenrai
May 19, 2019

I wanted to admire Marie Colvin, but instead found myself disturbed by her compunction to place herself and others in danger. She was a woman who was portrayed as wanting to commit "suicide by war". If the film had been balanced by stories she covered that did not involve people being killed, I might have been more admiring of her. Perhaps the film was unjust by only portraying violence in order to please audiences. I will never know but I am not convinced that what she did was "brave". It is not brave to risk death if you do not value your life. I think she genuinely cared about the lives and stories of the people she documented, but I don't think she took proper care of herself and those who helped with the reporting. Inappropriate risk - taking is not a quality to laud. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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BPDaegan
May 12, 2019

I love (<-- sarcasm) how our library system labels films by genre on the spine. Most of the time they get it right, but (1 in 10?) other's it's just wrong wrong wrong. For the most part Action seems to be the repository for mis-identified clearly Sci-Fi flicks, dark Comedy flicks with action, War films and Westerns. Every once in a while I surreptitiously move them on the shelves, but I have this mischievous thought that won't go away of knocking off the labels and 'fixing' the DVDs at home. THAT SAID ... this is not a War film, despite whoever at the library apparently took one look at the title and kept on truckin' with their "War" stickers. While some of the scenes are in war-zones, this film is a bio-pic Drama.

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BlueHippo
Apr 30, 2019

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I understand that Marie was a tormented person, but I felt that Rosalind Pike was overacting, giving the whole film a sort of over-the-topmelodramic feel, which I did not care for. As others have noted, I, too, found the time line somewhat confusing. I understood the time line of the war events, but some of the other scenes were muddy as to when they were really happening. I also found that I had no idea who some of the characters were. They never actually said which newspaper or media outlet she was working for, and I could never figure out who some of the people were. Managers? Editors? Co-workers? Just friends? Translators? Local (Middle Eastern) journalists? Who knows?

The movie is still worth seeing. It is a vivid depiction of what really goes on in these areas and why people are so determined to get out of Syria.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

A docudrama on momentous "breaking news" by journalist Marie Colvin who "boldly went to war zones no other reporters had gone before." The real Marie was shown in several short clips at the end of the film. Without her kind, the general public are kept in the dark on the horrors in war zones around the world. Afterall, a definition of a journalist is anyone who can say "I’m there, you’re not, let me tell you about it."

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B00ks2go
Apr 06, 2019

Someone is bound to say how authentic Marie's voice was, but it distracted me when I wondered many times if the actress was damaging her vocal cords. Based on a real person, but the moments depicted give a rather strange, lopsided picture of her. I was confused several time as it is not clear if the story is moving forward or told in a series of flashbacks.

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SAPL454
Mar 11, 2019

An excellent movie based on actual facts. War correspondents face tremendous odds to achieve their results.

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DoctorVine
Mar 10, 2019

We (or at least I) don't quite know what drives/compels Marie Colvin (a war correspondent covering all of the recent hot spots). Except she says that maybe someone will understand it.
For the most part, a well-made (and supposedly true) depiction.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

In war zones, parents go to bed at night not knowing if their children will see the morning. That is a measure of fear that I can never feel. But when you're covering a war, you have to go to places where you could be killed, or where others are being killed... Go there. ...and put one foot in front of the other, no matter how afraid you are, to make that suffering part of the record.
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... they said there are lots of famous people who are blind in one eye. Um, Sammy Davis Jr. The bloke from Radiohead.
- James Joyce.
- Moshe Dayan.
Moshe Dayan. Oh! They all wore eye patches.
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God, we used to go wherever we wanted. Hey, Norm. It's like they're drugging
the fzcking journalists.
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I would call you a pussy, but pussies are tough as shxt.
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He was always first in, last out. He was invincible.
-There are old journalists and there are bold journalists. There are no old and bold journalists. You said that.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

What would you want that youngster to know about Marie Colvin and about being a war correspondent?
-Very difficult question. It's like writing, uh, your own obituary. I suppose to look back at it and say, you know, I cared enough to go to these places and write, in some way, something that would make someone else care as much about it as I did at the time. Part of it is you're never gonna get to where you're going if you acknowledge fear. I think fear comes later, when it's all over.
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I need you in Palestine, not Sri Lanka.
-Sean, there is an unreported war there.
Yes, because journalists have been banned for more than six years. I can't let you go.
-Thousands of starving children.
If the government catches you, they'll kill you.
-Look, I have an interview with a Tamil rebel leader. Find someone else.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

Of all the women in the world, I like spending time with you most. More than Condi Rice. Even though she's a strong woman of African origin.
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He called his enemies rats. He targeted women and children. Yet it was Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who was cornered in a sewer pipe. Having never fought a war until now, his cruel dictatorship ended in ignominy and death. A big-game trophy brought down in the wild.
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PTSD is what soldiers get.
-Come on, we both know you can get it from just witnessing a car accident.
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Marie, when bad shit happens, your brain goes into shock. It... It locks the trauma in the same place you process emotions, which isn't where memories are meant to live. That's why it feels so present.
-Is that why you left the army?
No. I was court-martialed. Planted some hashish in my locker to get out.
-How long did it take you to get better?
A long bloody time. Marie, you've seen more war than most soldiers. You have to take it seriously.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

The Syrian regime is claiming that they're not hitting civilians, that they're just going after terrorist gangs. But every civilian house has been hit. The top floor of the building I'm in has been totally destroyed. There are no military targets here. It is a complete and utter lie.
-Well, thank you for using the word " lie ". I think a lot of people wanna thank you, because it's a word we don't often hear, it's not often used, but it is the truth in this case. The Syrian regime, their representatives, have continually lied. They've lied on this program to us directly. Marie, I mean, you have covered a lot of conflicts over a long time. How does this compare?
This is the worst conflict I've ever seen. It's the worst because it was a peaceful uprising that was crushed by violence. ...

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

Nightmares?
-From when you were in the field.
Yeah. Bosnia. Serb soldiers posing with decapitated heads. They seemed very pleased with themselves.
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It's too dangerous to go out right now. The main offensive can start at any moment.
-Which is why you have to tell me where they are, so I can go out there before it starts.
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David Blundy.
- Who?
David Blundy.
- What about him?
He left for The Telegraph before you joined. I took his job.
- What is your point?
And then he was killed two years later in San Salvador. Joo Silva lost both legs at the knee in Kandahar while working for the New York Times. I was with him in Afghanistan. Safa Abu Seif.
- Who did he work for?
She was a 12-year-old Palestinian girl killed by a stray bullet that pierced her heart. I watched her parents hold her as she bled out. She was wearing pearl earrings. She probably thought she looked pretty that day. I see it, so you don't have to.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

In covering war, can we really make a difference? The real difficulty is having
enough faith in humanity to believe that enough people will care when your story finally reaches them.
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Where do you see yourself in 10 years, Sean?
-Haven't really thought about it.
Don't be English. Be honest.
-Well, in that case, I wanna be the most highly regarded, well-respected, award-winning editor Fleet Street's ever seen.
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Why is it important, do you think, to see this images? Why is it important for you to be there? Right now you may be one of the only Western journalists in Homs. Our team (CNN) has just left.
-For an audience for which any conflict is very far away, this is the reality. There are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, a city of the cold and hungry, starving, defenseless. There are no telephones. The electricity has been cut off...

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2019

We won't get to it if we're behind the American advance.
- It's not an option.
Well, no. We're going to Fallujah.
- It's too dangerous.
Everywhere's too dangerous.
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Ladies and gentlemen, our Foreign Correspondent of the Year, known for racking up the largest sat phone bill in Sunday Times history,
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It doesn't matter what type of plane just bombed a village. What is important
is the human cost of the act. People connect with people, so you find their stories, tell their stories, forget about the other stuff.
-You mean close your eyes?
-- She's already got one eye closed.
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Look, this is the rough draft of history. You have to find the truth of it. If you lose that, you're not helping anybody here.

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