January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmDespite the abundance of Jewish filmmakers in the entertainmentindustry, Jewish Americans fall somewhere ahead of Asian-Americansand well below Anglo- and African-Americans as a group represented oncelluloid. And no one is more aware of that than film historian andauthor Harry...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm
"Perfect Love," one of the Los Angeles premieres at theCinematheque this month.
The American Cinematheque continues its series, "Fast Forward:Recent French Filmmaking 1986-1998," with a salute to directorOlivier Assayas, several stateside and Los Angeles premières,and a collection of...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm
As the year winds to a close and the race for Oscar glory heatsup, one of the year's best films has returned to the screen in orderto gain much-needed, and deserved, attention.
Victoire Thivisol as Ponette and Xavier Beauvois as herfather.
"Ponette" is a small gem from France about the...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pmI first went wild over "Salah" in 1964. More than three decades later, I couldn't help wondering whether the Israeli movie would still exert its charm and humor.
Not to worry. "Salah," which launched a young Haim Topol on his international screen and stage career and was the first...
November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Sixty one and still full of surprises, that'sWarren Beatty. This weekend, Beatty goes head to head at the boxoffice with "The Horse Whisperer," starring that other senior iconRobert Redford. Redford, like his contemporary Beatty, not only starsbut also directs and produces his movie....
August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Veteran television writer/producer Saul Turteltaub had to wait 44 years for his first film credit, "For Roseanna," starring Mercedes Reuhl and Jean Reno.
Saul Turteltaub, a name-brand television comedy writer and producer for 44 years, remembers submitting his first movie screenplay....
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Twelve years after Jack Skirball's death, at age 89, his legacyappears, at times, omnipresent.
There is, of course, the thriving Skirball Cultural Center in theSepulveda Pass. And the American Jewish Committee's SkirballInstitute on American Values. And the Skirball...
July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pmDr. Susan Marilyn Block is a nice Jewish girl, who talks about sex on late-night cable TV.
From Esther to... Dr. Suzy?
She dresses up in lingerie that redefines the concept of negative space. She leers at the camera, uses various erotic, um, implements to demonstrate the paths to...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmI haven't given much
thought to American movie stars in some years, by
which I mean I've stopped thinking of actors as
exemplars of national character, representatives of
"us." My celluloid heroes defy national borders --
they include Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Denzel