Why are Iraq war films flopping?

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Oct. 12 2006 3:25 PM

Yanks Nix Iraq Pix

Why haven't war films found an audience?

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Even so, as a greater portion of the population becomes disillusioned with the war and as the conflict rages on unabated, these documentaries may have more time to reach wider audiences. Jeff Lipsky, a distribution consultant on The War Tapes, an Iraq doc about three National Guardsmen who videotape themselves on the frontlines, believes the movie could play in theaters for "the duration of the war." And how long might that be? He's expecting an extended run.

Anthony Kaufman is a freelance film journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Village Voice, among other publications.