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  • Errol Morris/Mr. Death

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Errol Morris, the pre-eminent documentarian of the bizarre, ambled onstage at the Bing Theater recently, looking scruffy. He was wearing a rumpled blue windbreaker, wrinkled slacks and a wicked smile.

    It was appropriate posturing for a director whose films are often wickedly ironic:...

  • Groundbreaking Cinema

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In "Hit and Runway," a straight Italian-American naif teams up with a gay Jew to write a screenplay. In "Aimee & Jaguar," a Jewish woman and a Nazi's wife begin a torrid affair. In "Man is a Woman," a gay man marries a woman, a Yiddish singer, who has never known a man.

    "There is...

  • Keiko Ibi’s “Personal” Journey

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years," an 82-year-old man rinses out his dentures in his solitary apartment and longs for love and sex. Another elderly man laments that he has been impotent since receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

    Selma, 73,...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
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  • Comedy Writer to the Stars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Bruce Vilanch, comedy writer to the stars, picks up the phone. "Jew speaking," he says.

    Emmy Award-winning Vilanch, 51, is one of the drollest Jews in Hollywood. He has penned the awards shows for the Tonys, the Emmys and the Grammys; he has co-written the last nine Academy Awards...

  • An American Love Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox met and fell in love with a black man, a bass player who performed in a blues band with one of her friends. "I had the naive sense that it was the '90s and that racism was on the decline," says Fox, 39, who grew up in a Jewish...
  • Community Briefs

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Community Briefs

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Changing Teens’ Thinking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 12, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    The fresh-faced teenager looks like the girl next door until she displays her swastika tattoo in an episode of "The Teen Files," which continues this week on UPN. "I think the Holocaust was a good thing," she says, serenely. "[Hitler] probably should have done more."

    But by the end...

  • Open to Interpretation

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Three years ago, the BBC decided to make a television documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1956 Sinai campaign, which pitted Israeli, British and French troops against the forces of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

    The filmmakers were soon stymied in their search for...

  • ‘Lenny’ and Me

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    One evening in 1962, a fresh-faced Sheriff's deputy, Sherman Block, busted comic Lenny Bruce for obscenity. The comic's crime: Saying the word "schmuck."

    The scene was The Troubadour, on Santa Monica Boulevard, back in the days when it was chic to bust Lenny Bruce. Block's superior...

  • Community Briefs

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Holocaust Images in Color

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Between 1939 and 1944, when the Lodz ghetto was the largest and most notorious Nazi slave labor camp, a bourgeois Austrian named Walter Genewein, the ghetto's chief accountant, procured a Movex 12 camera that was confiscated from a Jewish prisoner. He used his position to secure a...
  • Comment

    March 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...

  • Movie Memoirs

    By Diane Arieff

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Some of the best recent American documentaries are nonfiction, highly subjective narratives that explore the Sturm und Drang of family relationships. Filmmaker Ira Wohl calls this kind of up-close cinematic memoir "first-person documentary."

    It's an apt description for his latest...

  • Cinema Judaica

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In years past, the Sundance Film Festival -- a two-week marathon of industry schmoozing, skiing and screenings in Park City, Utah -- has served as the launching pad for Jewish independent cinema. The gematria-laced, sci-fi-tinged "Pi," the Simon Wiesenthal Center-produced Oscar...

  • ‘Three Stories’: From Krakow to L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The world was a different place for writer-director Pavel Vogler when he arrived here from Poland six years ago.

    "It was very hard," Vogler says. "There were no friends or family or supporting circle.... I started from zero.... A couple of years ago, I decided to start to make my own...

  • Community Briefs

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • ‘Last Days’ of Innocence

    By Tom Tugend

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "There was no magic to our survival. It was sheer, pure, unadulterated luck, for men and women infinitely more worthy perished," Congressman Tom Lantos said at an advance screening of "The Last Days." "Life is unfair, and there is no more dramatic example than the lottery of death we...

  • The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs

    By Tom Tugend

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The history of the Middle East conflict, from the birthpangs of the Jewish state to today's headlines, has rarely, if ever, been presented with more immediacy and human color as "The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs."

    The five-hour documentary will be telecast over PBS station KCET...

  • Community Briefs

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Recapturing the Dream

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...
  • Picture Imperfect

    By Tom Tugend

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "A Dream No More," an ambitious documentary on Israel's first 50 years, intended originally as a highlight of the nation's anniversary jubilee, is, indeed, a dream no more. Nearly completed, the film has been permanently shelved by the producing Simon Wiesenthal Center, to the...
  • The Wiesenthal Center’s $1 Million Problem

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Though it may seem otherwise, we are not picking on the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In general, we admire the center, its founder and dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier, its staff and their fine work. The center is innovative, responsive and highly effective -- qualities lacking in many major...
  • Community Briefs

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Citizen Sheinbein?

    By Eric Silver

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Man Behind 'The Jew in the Lotus'

    Documentary focuses on spiritual transformation of Rodger Kamenetz

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Eight years ago, writer Rodger Kamenetz, pictured below, traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet....

  • The Arts

    By Curt Schleier

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir" is a balanced, warts-and-allportrait of the slain politician. Above, right, Kennedy and his sevensiblings with parents Joe and Rose. Above, Robert and brother John in1959. Below, Kennedy on the campaign trail, shortly before his 1968death.

    When...

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