A report in Tuesday's New York Times that Mel Gibson's Icon productions is involved in producing a four-part miniseries set against the World War II Holocaust has predictably raised eyebrows among critics. Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, was assailed for allegedly including anti-Semitic elements, and Gibson has never repudiated comments by his father, Hutton Gibson, whom critics describe as a "Holocaust denier." Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Melrose Park, PA told the Times: "For [Gibson] to be associated with this movie is cause for concern. ... He needs to come clean that he repudiates Holocaust denial." In an interview with Daily Variety ABC exec Quinn Taylor responded that critics ought to "shut up and wait to see the movie, and then judge." The film is being adapted from the memoir Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death, written by a Jewish woman who, like Anne Frank, was sheltered in Holland by a gentile family during the German occupation.




12/07/2005