Jewish Journal

Sally Ogle Davis

  • Dark currents surface in surfing clan’s idyllic life

    May 21, 2008 | 12:53 pm

    I first met the amazing Paskowitz family in 1978, when I was a writer/producer with "Two on the Town," a KCBS-TV magazine show anchored by Connie Chung before she left Los Angeles for greener pastures.

    Theirs sounded like the perfect, upbeat if slightly wacky, Southern California...
  • Oxnard Kosher Dining Is a Sur Thing

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Kosher gourmet" sounds like an oxymoron. And "Oxnard kosher" sounds like the nocturnal ravings of some deluded diner.

    Well, get used to it. Gourmet kosher dining has arrived in the Southern California farming community of Oxnard. Paris, London, New York maybe. But Oxnard? Home of...

  • Lessons From a Film Festival

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Three Jews, four opinions -- right? Of course right. Now mix in something as subjective as one's taste in movies. Now imagine the folly of putting together a committee to organize a short Jewish film festival. Crazy. No?

    From the plumber to the U.S. Court of Appeals justice,...

  • A Kushner Series That Will Offend All

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After director Mike Nichols took his wife, Diane Sawyer, to the first screening of his six-hour HBO film of Tony Kushner's epoch-defining, "Angels in America." She said, "I know what this is about. It's about being Jewish."

    She's right, but it's also about being gay in the latter 20...

  • Cry, Argentina

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's a balmy night as we join those filing into the basement social hall of the venerable Libertad Synagogue in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. It resembles any Friday night service crowd anywhere in the United States, except that it's standing-room only. An elderly man sings...

  • Europe’s Harms   to China’s Arms

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just when it seems that all the World War II and Holocaust stories have been told, a little-known tale from a far corner of the world comes along to add another dimension to the saga of the Shoah.

    The powerful documentary film, "Shanghai Ghetto," is one such story -- a fascinating...

  • Hitler, Still in Development

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves says major changes are being made to the first draft script of their planned miniseries on the early life of Adolf Hitler.

    "The shooting version of the script will differ greatly to the one you read," Moonves told The Journal.

    Last week, The...

  • Furor Over Der Fuhrer

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Attempts to find in the youngster 'the warped person within the murderous dictator' have proved unpersuasive. If we exclude our knowledge of what was to come, his family circumstances invoke, for the most part, sympathy for the child exposed to them."
    -- Ian Kershaw,


  • Der Fuhrer on Der Screen

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Adolf Hitler is no stranger to big screen and small. Charlie Chaplin first parodied Adolf Schickelgruber in the 1940 movie "The Great Dictator," and since then Der Führer has become a part of screen history. Mel Brooks poked fun at him in the movie "The Producers" in 1968 which was...

  • Prime Time for Hitler

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At first it sounded like just another routine announcement. Twice each year, 200 or so TV critics from across the country gather at Pasadena's Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear network and cable honchos wax enthusiastic about the coming TV season. Up to a point, this season's bill of fare...

  • Shades of ‘Gray’

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Australian director Gillian Armstrong decided to make a movie from Sebastian Faulk's best-selling novel "Charlotte Gray," about a British woman spy who parachuted into wartime France to work with the resistance, Armstrong's knowledge of the period and the place was limited.


  • Television Jews: How Jewish Is Too Jewish?

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The new television season is upon us. African American and Latino groups are making the expected protests about the lack of people who look like them before and aft of the camera, and the Jews are -- as usual -- adding up their TV IQ on the fingers of one hand.

    If there aren't many...

  • Hollywood and the Holocaust

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One wet night 15 years after the end of World War II, in the student union of my university in Northern Ireland, I watched a documentary film made up of home movies taken by Soviet troops at the liberation of the concentration camps. Unlike some similar Allied footage, the Soviets,...

  • The Arts

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."

    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Life on the Wry Side

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator MarkLevine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • Israel: The Arts

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This was thestory that had everything: a suffering, underdog people, outnumberedand surrounded by enemies, old and new, battling insuperable odds totriumph in a desert they had made bloom. It was "Rocky" before"Rocky," and Hollywood knew a good story when they saw it.

    The strains...

  • Deconstructing Woody

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen, Elizabeth Shue and Billy Crystal.

    Film: Deconstructing Woody

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    Remember when Woody Allen, following the Soon Yi scandal, wasasked by the "60 Minutes" reporter how he could sleep with hisstepdaughter? He didn't seem to understand the question....

  • Piggybacking on Jewish Suffering

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."

    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Redemption, Hollywood Style

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Let me be direct and come to the point right off the mark:

    "Seven Years in Tibet," appropriately filmed in Argentina -- whereold Nazis go to be rehabilitated or to die, whichever comes first --is a turgid piece of filmmaking and as dishonest as, well, "TheDevil's Own," Brad Pitt's...

  • Fast Forward

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer

    To some of us who were in college in the early 1960s, the nameTom Lehrer comes, in our pantheon, just below the Almighty andsomewhere above the Beatles.

    In 1966, when I was working for the BBC in Northern Ireland, aCatholic friend of mine played me "The Vatican Rag"...