Lebanon

Lebanon

Director: Samuel Maoz

Cast: Samuel Maoz, Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen

     
 

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A handful of soldiers take a claustrophobic journey into the heart of war in this drama from Israeli writer and director Samuel Maoz. It's June 1982, and Israel is launching an invasion of Lebanon. Four men assigned to take part in the first strike are put on the same tank detail -- Assi (Itay Tiran) is the commanding officer, Shmulik (See more details below

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A handful of soldiers take a claustrophobic journey into the heart of war in this drama from Israeli writer and director Samuel Maoz. It's June 1982, and Israel is launching an invasion of Lebanon. Four men assigned to take part in the first strike are put on the same tank detail -- Assi (Itay Tiran) is the commanding officer, Shmulik (Yoav Donat) is a gunner new to the outfit, Hertzel (Oshri Cohen) keeps the weapons loaded, and Yigal (Michael Moshonov) drives the machine. After being given their orders by Jamil (Zohar Strauss), the men set out toward the Lebanese border, recognizing little of what goes on outside beyond what can be seen through Yigal's tiny window; they occasionally stop to help fellow Israelis hurt in battle, but for the most part, they roll relentlessly onward, occasionally arguing amongst themselves, until they arrive at their destination, a town already bombed into rubble by the Israeli Air Force. Few of their allies remain in the city, putting the soldiers in a perilous situation when a band of Syrian resistance fighters lays siege to the tank. Levanone (aka Lebanon) was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.

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Taking its most obvious inspiration from Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, Samuel Maoz' Lebanon also fits in thematically with a number of contemporary films featuring men confined to small spaces, such as 127 Hours and Buried. Lebanon may not rely on claustrophobia as a source of tension to the extent those films do, but it compensates with the tension of the battlefield, as four Israeli soldiers witness/participate in the June 1982 invasion of Lebanon from the deceptive safety of their tank. What makes the tank interesting as the space of their confinement, similar to the submarine in Das Boot, is that it's simultaneously secure and vulnerable; secure in the sense that thick armor encases the men, but vulnerable in the sense that it's slow and has nowhere to hide other than its own protective shell. Maoz' decision to keep all the action inside the tank is a smart one, as it emphasizes the men's sense of removal -- both physical and emotional -- from the violence and chaos of the rubble-strewn streets a few short feet away. It's clear that the confusion and their separation from the events outside has the tendency to cloud their judgment, but Maoz doesn't intend to fault the men for this disconnect -- in fact, he spends down moments in the action on stories they tell each other, which reinforce their temporarily blunted humanity. As important as their interactions with potential targets are their interactions with each other, the bread and butter of movies where characters must share the same set of extreme circumstances. Lebanon may not constitute the most profound examination of those dynamics, and its messages about war are nothing new. However, the whole thing is a tight, watchable package, with just enough delight and just enough absurdity to remind us that everyone involved is merely human.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
UPC:
0043396353169
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

"Notes on a War Film"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yoav Donat Shmulik
Itay Tiran Assi
Oshri Cohen Hertzel
Ashraf Barhom Phalangist Member
Reymonde Amsallem Lebanese Mother
Michael Moshonov Yigal
Zohar Strauss Jamil
Dudu Tassa Syrian Captive

Technical Credits
Samuel Maoz Director,Screenwriter
Hila Bargirel Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicolas Becker Score Composer
Giora Bejach Cinematographer
Einat Bikel Producer
Alex Claude Sound/Sound Designer
Moshe Edery Producer
Leon Edery Producer
Sonja Ewers Producer
Ilann Girard Producer
Avichay Henig Asst. Director
Pini Klavir Special Effects
Arik Lahav-Leibovich Editor
David Liss Sound Mixer
Benjamina Mirnik Producer
Orly Ronen Makeup
Ariel Roshko Art Director,Production Designer
Uri Sabag Producer
Gill Sassover Executive Producer
Laura Sheim Costumes/Costume Designer
Shir Shoshani Asst. Director
David Silber Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lebanon
1. Scene 1 [5:18]
2. Scene 2 [5:59]
3. Scene 3 [4:22]
4. Scene 4 [7:15]
5. Scene 5 [4:40]
6. Scene 6 [4:35]
7. Scene 7 [3:59]
8. Scene 8 [4:42]
9. Scene 9 [5:59]
10. Scene 10 [7:02]
11. Scene 11 [6:25]
12. Scene 12 [5:18]
13. Scene 13 [6:45]
14. Scene 14 [4:33]
15. Scene 15 [4:32]
16. Scene 16 [4:46]

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