Professor Honora Chapman on “Optimism and
Optimism can literally save lives. The new movie Defiance displays an earnest quality in its depiction of over a thousand lives being saved through the hardened optimism and determination of a band of brothers. This earnestness, however, has inspired snark in some reviewers. . . .
[T]hese are odd times, when taking sideways potshots at
The heroism of the Bielski group depicted in Defiance is born of a gritty, pragmatic optimism backed up by meaningful action.
From David Denby’s review:
One Jewish friend characterized the movie as “Fiddler on the Roof” meets “The Dirty Dozen.” But “