The Arena of Murder | Chicago Reader

The Arena of Murder

Completed in 1996, shortly after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, this Israeli video documentary by Amos Gitai is an impressionistic mosaic that memorializes the slain prime minister even as it considers politics and fate. Recurring interviews with Rabin's widow set the tone (she harbors no anger but takes a dim view of Israel's future), and Gitai adds a touch of Godardian irony with shots of himself working at an editing table, resolving to make a film that “touches a nerve.” Most striking are the long, panoramic tracking shots of people and city walls—especially the final one, which sweeps through the Tel Aviv plaza where Rabin was gunned down as a biblical eulogy on the sound track reminds us that life goes on. 90 min.


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