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  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Keira Knightley on (early 20th Century) Jews and Aryans in Love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Keira Knightley phoned me on a rare day off from shooting her next film, “Anna Karenina,” to discuss her portrayal of a very different kind of fraught heroine in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” now in theaters. In this period drama based on true events, Knightley...

  • The genesis of psychoanalysis [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    How the brilliant, disturbed Sabina Spielrein influenced Freud and Jung

    It is the summer of 1912 in “A Dangerous Method” — a film whose storyline is drawn from real-life events — and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, is discussing with...

  • For many Jews, it’s a hate-love relationship with the anti-Semitic composer

    By Rick Schultz

    April 6, 2010 | 8:16 pm

    “Amoral, hedonistic, selfish, virulently racist, arrogant, filled with gospels of the superman ... and the superiority of the German race, he stands for all that is unpleasant in human character,” The New York Times music critic Harold Schonberg wrote about Richard Wagner in...

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  • Let Wagner Be Heard?

    August 26, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    Why is it I simply cannot condone the presentation and celebration of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in Los Angeles, arriving with much fanfare this coming spring?

    Because Richard Wagner was an extraordinary musician, and an even more extraordinary anti-Semite. Open his own...

  • Wagner Soap Opera

    By Eric Silver

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was meant to be the "not Wagner" concert: Daniel Barenboim, the pride of Israeli music-lovers, conducting his Berlin orchestra, the Staatskapelle, on the last night of this year's Israel Festival. Little did we know.

    The festival had originally announced that the orchestra would...

  • Israel’s Wagner Taboo

    By Larry Derfner

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ideology seems to have won out over culture in Israel: The taboo on playing the music of pre-Nazi German composer Richard Wagner in concert has been upheld.

    After strenuous protests by Holocaust survivor groups, backed by virtually the entire Israeli political spectrum, the decision...

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