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  • The Bighearted Showbiz Dealmaker

    By Gaby Friedman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Once, when Bernie Brillstein's career as a Hollywood manager was already so well established that people tried to hustle him, rather than the other way around, Lorne Michaels sent Bernie a gift.

    The present was a Langdon Clay photograph of Broadway near 42nd Street in New York, a...

  • New Setting Could Bring New Faces

    By Gaby Friedman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There is an old Jewish saying that if you change your place, you change your luck. The organizers of the 21st annual Israel Film Festival are putting it to the test.

    Which means that this year, if you head out to Laemmle's on Fairfax hoping to see a new crop of Israeli films, as in...

  • Are You There God?  It’s Me, Israel

    By Amy Klein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year is 1999, and on the Israeli TV miniseries, "Catching the Sky," Nurit walks into her Tel Aviv kitchen at the crack of dawn to find her husband doing something completely shocking and inexplicable.

    "What are you doing?" Nurit asks him.

    "Praying Shacharit," Roni says, referring...

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  • Light Shines on Israel’s Invisibles

    By Avner Hofstein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    So where do Israelis usually look for answers when they are in trouble or face a midlife crisis? Some go abroad for a vacation in the Himalayas; others take a lover or drown themselves in drink. The main characters in two new Israeli films chose another path. They turn to Israel's...

  • ‘Syrian Bride’ Weds Simple Tale, History

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The guests at this Middle Eastern wedding were more mournful than joyous. But even more troubled was the Druze bride herself. All dressed up, she was stuck at a border crossing in the dusty demilitarized zone between Israel's Golan Heights and Syria.

    It wasn't clear if she'd be...

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