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Journalist Torgny Segerstedt speaks truth to Nazi power in Swedish film, ‘The Last Sentence’

By Tom Tugend

June 18, 2014 | 9:57 am

Journalist Torgny Segerstedt (Jesper Christensen) and Maja Forssman (Pernilla August), the wife of his publisher and best friend, become romantically involved in “The Last Sentence.” Photo courtesy of Music Box Films

The Swedish film “The Last Sentence” opens with a 1933 newsreel of Adolf Hitler strutting as Germany’s new chancellor and ends with 1945 footage of Russian troops closing in on the... read full article

  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    by Iris Mann

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which resulted in the company’s production of “Bliss Point,” a play about addiction and recovery, through June 22 at the Odyssey Theatre in...

  • Thrilling days of yesteryear

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 11, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Nothing links the three books described below except that each, in its own way, is so charming that I couldn’t resist opening it up and, having done so, couldn’t put it down.

    One of the treasures of American-Yiddish journalism was “A Bintel Brief” (“A Bundle of Letters”), an...

  • Gwen Edelman reappears with ‘Train to Warsaw’

    by Elaine Margolin

    June 6, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Author Gwen Edelman remains shrouded in mystery.  In an age of relentless author promotion she has chosen to remain “virtually” invisible.  She has no website or Wikipedia page, and it is almost impossible to find out the sketchiest details of her personal biography.  I was able to...

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  • Life’s last chapter, biopics and Jewish terrorists

    by Iris Mann

    June 4, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Our film-going readers can look forward to an embarrassment of cinematic riches this summer, with an eclectic mix of movies promising something for almost everyone.

    A few of the films will tear at your heartstrings.  Among these is “Lullaby,” which follows the journey of Jonathan...

  • ‘Intersection’ at the Breed Street Shul

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 4, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    The heavily Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights might seem an odd place to hold an art show that appeals to Jews, but for many native Angelenos who are familiar with the neighborhood’s history, it makes perfect sense. 

    Boyle Heights, the onetime home of most of the city’s Jewry,...

  • Judith Prays’ ‘Bracelet Project’

    by Avishay Artsy

    June 4, 2014 | 11:14 am

    How often do you think about the Ten Commandments?

    I’m not talking about a gray-bearded Charlton Heston on Mount Sinai, gripping two stone tablets under a lightning-filled sky.

    I mean the instructions you were taught as a child: to worship only God, to keep the Sabbath and to...

  • “The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)” to premiere at Ojai Fest

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    In addition to Uri Caine’s appearance, another highlight of this year’s Ojai Music Festival sounds like a joke, and, at least in part, it is. Festival music director Jeremy Denk, 44, one of the finest pianists of his generation, wrote a libretto for an opera based on “The Classical...

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