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23 July 2012 @ 07:15 am
Syriana  
Just re-watched Syriana
Twice.
The movie is very deep and very educational.

Then read wikipedia article to make sure I understood it right.

I think I finally got it (after watching it ~5 times).
 
 
 
Leonid Smetanin: pic#114630886leonid_smetanin on July 23rd, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, а при разглядывании imdb обнаружилось, что "His wife Minnie is a great-granddaughter of Henry Morgan Tilford, a founder of the Standard Oil Company."

Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on July 23rd, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Do you think Minnie had some extra oil industry knowledge due to her inheritance?

Henry Morgan Tilford likely has 20+ great-grandchildren, and he was not the only founder.
Max: Realhobober on July 23rd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on July 23rd, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was the first time when I watched it (February or March 2006).

I didn't get all of it back then even after watching it 2-3 times.
Max: Realhobober on July 24th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Now your mind is changed? Any new thoughts?
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on July 24th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
I noticed more of details. For example:
1) Bob's friend, "Consultant Stan" gives to Bob important professional advise that saved Bob's life in Beirut: "Clear it with Hezbollah".
I noticed the advice when I watched Syriana 6 years ago, but could not understand that it was advice from a friend, not some formal requirement from Hezbollah representative.
I did not notice, that Bob is asking about Beirut at the very end of their meeting, even though Beirut was probably the main reason why Bob met Stan that time.

2) 6 years ago I did not really understand the mechanics of Connex-Killen merger approval process. Now I see the full picture (I hope :-)).
In particular, how and why Bennett Holiday suggests to feed his boss Sydney Hewitt to department of justice in order to get merger approved. And how the suggestion is done in presence of Sydney Hewitt himself.
+ many small details about that merger approval negotiations.

Did you notice these things yourself?