one would think that when the powers that be in hollywood decide to make a movie in a particular country, whether it be the czech republic, poland, romania, thailand, or germany, that they might pause for a moment to find out a bit about the culture. unfortunately, everyone seems to believe he knows everything he needs to know about deutschland. which is quite surprising considering most of the locals don’t even know when germany became a country.
bryan singer, who is directing the tom cruise fiaso valkyrie for united artists, freely admitted to the new york times that he had no idea that scientology was an issue in germany when he cast tom cruise in the role of von stauffenberg. apparently he didn’t realize the importance of the figure in the context of history either.