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  • ‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ got your French tongue

    by Michael Aushenker, Contributing Writer

    January 23, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    At only 41, Joann Sfar has enjoyed a meteoric rise in France, rocketing from cartoonist to filmmaker in short succession.

    Sephardi on his father’s side and Ashkenazi on his mother’s, Sfar created “The Rabbi’s Cat” graphic novels beginning in 2005— critical darlings, steeped in...

  • Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ and the Jews: an untold story

    by Lance J. Sussman

    January 17, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    I loved "Lincoln" as much as anyone and, as an American historian, took a special pleasure in it. Among many other things, I thought the depiction of Thaddeus Stevens was terrific. As the father of five children, all of whom grew up in the post-"E.T." era, I am grateful to Steven...

  • “The Flat” uncovers a relationship between a Nazi and a Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    October 17, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    The Israeli documentary “The Flat” begins in a Tel Aviv apartment, where half a dozen people are clearing out 70 years of clutter left behind by their grandmother, who has died recently at 98.

    After this deceptively low-key start, Arnon Goldfinger, the film’s director, writer and...

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  • Fall Films: Identity crises, controversy, conflict, creativity and chicanery

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    September 10, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    A careful search has uncovered a small treasure trove of unusual and provocative films slated for release this fall.

    Two of these focus on the crisis of identity experienced by unsuspecting young men who suddenly discover they have Jewish roots.

    In “The Other Son,” by...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

  • Herzl: A visionary father of a nation

    By Tom Tugend

    August 15, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Theodor Herzl was an assimilated Viennese journalist who became the unlikely founder of modern Zionism and a main catalyst for the creation of the Jewish State of Israel.

    That much most of us know in broad strokes, but for those thirsting for a more detailed picture of the man’s...

  • Filmmaker writes from experience for post-Holocaust drama ‘Mighty Fine’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    Filmmaker Debbie Goodstein has taken to heart the adage, “Write what you know.” Her 1989 Holocaust documentary, “Voices From the Attic,” recounts her mother’s years of hiding in a garret where snow descended through slats in the roof, a baby died and food was scarce.

    The...

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