If all you knew about composer George Gershwin washis body of work -- "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue,""Porgy and Bess," plus countless enduring melodies...
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May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm"Rhapsody in Blue: The George Gershwin Story," withRobert Alda as Gershwin and Joan Leslie as a fictional loveinterest.
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland canbe traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, thecountry's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased toexist as well.
The Jewish response to...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Makers of short films routinely encounter the difficulty of getting their movies seen by an audience greater than their parents, cast and crew. But the makers of "Visas and Virtues"have had better luck than most.
Director and star Chris Tashima and producer Chris Donahue recently...
March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Like the priest in her latest movie, directorLesli Linka Glatter is finding her own faith.
Set in aristocratic 1930s Boston, "TheProposition" stars William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe as Arthur andEleanor Barrett, an infertile couple who go to extreme measures toconceive. They employ the...
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,...
February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm
The sixth annual Pan African Film Festival, the largest U.S.festival dedicated to black cinema, will exhibit more than 60features, shorts and documentaries from across North America, Africa,Europe and the South Pacific. Of particular interest to the Jewishcommunity is the documentary...
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art'smonth-long salute to Charles Chaplin concludes Saturday, Jan. 31,with a screening of his most serious film, also arguably his best.
"Limelight" stars Chaplin as an actor on the skids who takes inhis neighbor, a suicidal ballerina (Claire Bloom). He falls for herwhile she recuperates in his care, but while she overcomes herdepression, he falls back into alcoholism after a series of careerdisappointments. Bloom convinces him to
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...
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmNotes from a visit with a senior class: After seeing friends and peers smoking marijuana and using other drugs , students at Shalhevet High School didn't wait for their parents or teachers to educate them about the harmful effects of narcotics. Instead, they undertook the challenge...