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  • ‘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...

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  • 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...

  • Uncovering Gulf War Syndrome

    By Ivor Davis

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Television

    Scenes from "Thanks of a Grateful Nation." Photos courtesy of Showtime

    Uncovering Gulf War Syndrome

    Showtime's 'Thanks of a Grateful Nation' explores the malady plaguing so many...

  • Beyond ‘Schindler’sList’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "He was a satyr, a black marketeer, a drunk and a savior."

    The pithy description by author Thomas Keneallyrefers, of course, to Oskar Schindler, the flawed but ultimatelyheroic German businessman who saved his 1,200 Jewish employees duringthe Holocaust.

    The man and the myth will be...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • A Cinematic Salute to Israel

    By William Yelles

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel's 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history. The series begins this week with "Hanna'sWar," the inspiring true story of Hanna...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Conflicting Stories

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    During World War II, did an anti-Semitic Swiss government split upJewish refugee families, require the men to perform backbreaking workin forced labor camps, and treat Jews markedly worse than Christianrefugees?

    Or, on the contrary, were Jewish refugees generally treated withdecency...

  • From Best Boy to Best Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Ira Wohl


    Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how...

  • An American Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A chassidic boy recites his prayers in "A Life Apart:Hasidism in America."

    An American Story

    At the heart of 'A Life Apart: Hasidism in America' is aculture war that mirrors the conflict in today's Jewish community

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    First we had the AFI Los Angeles...

  • Philosophers and Fools

    By Diane Arieff

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, Suheil Hadad (left) and Muhamed Bakri (right) in "TheMilky Way"; Below, Arik Sharon in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda.

    Features

    'The Milky Way'

    This earthy, lyrical film by writer-director Ali Nassar is easilyone of the festival's brightest highlights. Fresh, impassionedperformances...

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