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  • ‘Zero Motivation’: An art film by and about women

    by Ella Taylor

    2 weeks ago

    When filmmaker Talya Lavie was growing up in the 1980s, Israel had only one television channel. Lavie got her initial film education watching the same movies over and over again: Among her favorites were Federico Fellini’s “The Nights of Cabiria” and Jim Sheridan’s drama “In the...

  • Boomer-era movies reflect 50 years of change

    By Pat Sierchio

    June 25, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    Movies have long been a mirror of our culture, reflecting the attitudes, morals and fashions of the times. That’s as true for films made during the baby boomer era as any other time. But when Hollywood set its sights on this new demographic of box-office boosters, they were aiming...

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

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 2014 | 9:57 am

    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 Führer’s bunker.

    During those 12 years, as Hitler first threatened and then swallowed one European...

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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...

  • Polish Jew or Catholic Novitiate…or both?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 30, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Assuming that movies reflect — and influence — a country’s preoccupations and prejudices, then the legacy of the Holocaust is still haunting Europe.

    German and French filmmakers have been at the forefront of this self-examination, courageously probing the sins of their forebears....

  • Ballroom peace

    by Gerri Miller

    April 9, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didn’t stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine from trying, literally, one step at a time.  

    Having taught 350,000 New York City fifth-graders to dance via the Dancing Classrooms...

  • A Jew steps into Christmas

    by Seth Menachem

    December 17, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    I got offered a part in a Christmas movie over the summer. It’s called “Defending Santa” and stars Dean Cain, Jud Tylor and my movie wife, Jodie Sweetin, best known for playing Stephanie on “Full House.” 

    I’m always happy to be on a set. Acting is one of those jobs where you...

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