Time magazine indicated on its website Wednesday that Miracle at St. Anna director Spike Lee and writer James McBride ignored a 2005 ruling by an Italian military tribunal that, contrary to the movie's assertion, there is no evidence that the Nazi massacre in the Tuscan town of Sant'Anna di Stazzema in 1944 was prompted by the betrayal of members of the underground resistance movement. The magazine interviewed Moreno Costa, who fought alongside the Buffalo Soldiers, the African-American unit at the center of Lee's film, who said that he had met with Lee to discuss the Buffalo troops, "but he didn't say anything about this betrayal. ... We are indignant about this." Giovanni Cipollini, head of a pro-resistance association, said that he had offered to bring Lee together with partisans who were present at the time but that Lee refused. "When a famous director makes a major movie about a chapter in history, people will believe that his version is the truth," he said. In an article appearing today (Thursday) in the Rome daily La Repubblica , Lee responded, "The visceral reactions in recent days make me think that the deep wounds that opened in Italy during the Second World War have not healed. ... I am not the enemy of the partisans."

02/10/2008