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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

[LOOK] A close-up of the human face: Jessica Lynch



Again, simplicity itself: a C-SPAN single position shot, medium-close on the human face. Jessica Lynch, a working class woman who joined the Army to gain the opportunities for an education that would allow her to make a career teaching children somewhere near her hometown Palestine, West Virginia, who was injured in battle in Iraq in 2003, the details of whose capture was fabricated by person or persons in the Department of Defense. I can hardly get past the first few seconds: that shy smile after she repositions the microphone in front of her is devastating. An all-American face. An all-American hero. It’s good she’s alive.

2 Responses to “[LOOK] A close-up of the human face: Jessica Lynch”

  1. James Ponsoldt says:

    Incredibly moving. Refreshing to hear an honest, unadorned account from someone who never asked to be labelled a “hero,” but who no doubt knows infinitely more about the meaning–and the ethical complexities–of the term than an entire battalion of FOX news “reporters” that relished the opportunity to quickly slap the label on her (hey, guess it pays the bills). Thank you for posting this.

  2. So…Witherspoon or Swank for the inevitable movie?

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