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Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

by Anthony Weiss, JTA

5 hours ago

Ariel Kleiman and Sarah Cyngler in Park City, Utah, Jan. 26, 2015. “Partisan,” the feature that Kleiman directed and wrote with Cyngler, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival there. Photo credit, Anthony Weiss/JTA

Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the... read full article

  • ‘Night Will Fall’ lifts a curtain on concentration camp atrocities

    By Tom Tugend

    5 days ago

    The first time I saw the horrific newsreels of the liberation of the concentration camps, showing mountains of skeletons piled up and skulls staring out of empty eye sockets, was in 1959.

    By a fluke, I had a bit part playing a court translator at a war-crimes trial in the...

  • ‘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...

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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

    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...

  • 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...

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