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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The new ‘Dumbo’ vs. the old ‘Dumbo’

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OK, I’ll admit it, I enjoy children’s movies.  They are frequently gentle, sentimental, and have happy endings.  I went to see  Tim Burton’s new version of Dumbo and liked it very much.  Although I saw the...

Movie Review: ‘Roma’

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Roma, a Spanish language film, was written and directed by Oscar winning, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. It is an engaging and powerful story set in Mexico City from 1970 to 1971.  Mexico was in...

The best Jewish, Israeli films of 2017 so far

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First rule of screenwriting, whether you are doing a fiction film or a documentary: Without conflict there is no story. Perhaps that is why Jewish-themed movies are so often effective. We are in conflict with...

‘Nana’: A thorough doc. film of a Holocaust survivor

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“Nana,” as many of us know from the time as children we were mouthing our first words, means “grandma” and, in this case, “Nana” refers to Maryla Dyamant Michalowski, z”l, a Holocaust survivor who...

GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II

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GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II  will be broadcast nationally on PBS on April 11, 2018 at 10pm (check local listings). The film is also available for purchase on DVD from Shop PBS https://player.vimeo.com/video/241957031 GI JEWS:...

Film Review: ‘Fog in August’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival

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The horrors of the Holocaust have been portrayed many times in film, most notably Schindler’s List and The Pianist. One such horror, however, has never been a focus of film study: the euthanasia program...

“Why we hate”: Steven Spielberg’s documentary that seeks the origin of hate

Xenophobia, holocausts, torture, aggression. Why do we hate humans, what is the origin of hate? These are the questions asked in the documentary "Why we hate". Steven Spielberg is in charge of this project...

Award-winning documentary about Roman Jews during the Nazi occupation to be shown at Ocean...

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What was the experience of Roman Jews living in Nazi occupied Rome? The public is invited to a free screening, an adult program, of the award-winning documentary film Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set...

Move Over, French & Italian. The World’s Sexiest Accent is…..Israeli!

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What accent do single men think is the sexiest? You might guess French or Italian, but you'd be wrong according to the latest poll. Surprise! It's Israeli. As Benyamin Cohen wrote on the website From...

“American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs” opens across the country

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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs narrated by Amy Madigan (the anti-Trumpism film of 2018 for all political activists) screens: Please help spread the word. I worked on this film for...