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Jews and the birth of Film Noir

by Avishay Artsy

23 minutes ago

Film still from “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) © Paramount Pictures, courtesy of Photofest

The 1942 classic “Casablanca” follows a complicated love story between two star-crossed lovers, played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. But it’s also about refugees fleeing their... read full article

  • Spotlight on Jewish characters in fall films

    by Iris Mann

    48 minutes ago

    Few films with an expressly Jewish theme or Jewish characters are to be found this fall, but there will be some choice subjects onscreen.

    “Sleeping with the Fishes” follows the exploits of Alexis Fish (Gina Rodriguez), daughter of a Latina mother and a Jewish father. Alexis is at...

  • This lightweight is heavily into Sumo

    by Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    At 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds, Michael Greenberg will be the lightest sumo competitor at the 14th annual US Sumo Open on Sept. 20 — by a lot. But according to the young Jew from Long Beach, his svelte frame is one of his biggest assets.
     
    “I think a lot of people are going to...
  • The new year brings viewers new T.V. shows

    by Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    It’s September, which means back to school, Rosh Hashanah and a brand-new TV season. This year, members of the tribe populate the landscape both on camera and behind the scenes, from Bebe Neuwirth as the secretary of state’s chief of staff in CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” to Jeffrey...

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  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    by Rabbi Brandon Gaines

    4 days ago

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

  • Cellist Steven Isserlis celebrates simplicity, honesty and humor

    By Rick Schultz

    4 days ago

    Among world-class cellists, Steven Isserlis may be the only one ever to interview his instrument. On a website for young cellists, he asked his 260-year-old cello to list one of the best things about traveling. His cello responds, “Getting an extra seat so that Mr. Isserlis can sit...

  • Musician Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    Onstage, he has been George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, and now, Hershey Felder is ready to tackle the most prolific American songwriter of them all — Irving Berlin.

    The multitalented Felder — pianist, actor, playwright, composer and producer — will introduce the world...

  • The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF), which annually gives viewers a close-up of the nation’s heartbeat beneath the glaring headlines, has been set for Oct. 23 through Nov. 6.

    A red carpet opening-night gala at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Oct. 23 will be followed a week later...

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