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From family ghosts, a story of ‘The Immigrant’

By Naomi Pfefferman

May 7, 2014 | 10:54 am

Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard in “The Immigrant.” Photo © 2014 The Weinstein Co.

Since the mid-1990s, writer-director James Gray, 45, has made haunting, operatic films about the fraught relationships between immigrants and their children as they struggle to assimilate... read on

  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes... read on

  • One man, two identities: Archbishop was ‘The Jewish Cardinal’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 23, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    In 1981, when Pope John Paul II named Jean-Marie Lustiger archbishop of Paris, Lustiger felt conflicted, even burdened: “For me, this nomination was as if, all of a sudden, the crucifix began to wear a yellow star,” Lustiger told a reporter at the time.

    Ilan Duran Cohen’s... read on

  • ‘Tallest Tree’ examines what it means to be an outsider

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 16, 2014 | 4:49 pm

    At one point in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” Daniel Beaty’s one-man show about the internationally renowned African-American bass-baritone and activist Paul Robeson, he tours the Soviet Union, which he has applauded for its anti-discriminatory laws about race.

    But during... read on

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  • Colin Firth on his searing turn in ‘The Railway Man’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 14, 2014 | 10:06 pm

    Speaking on the telephone with Colin Firth, it’s hard not to think of his Oscar-winning turn as the beleaguered King George VI opposite Geoffrey Rush in 2010’s “The King’s Speech.”  Or, for that matter, his romantic and oh-so-English performances as Mr. Darcy in 1995’s “Pride and... read on

  • Ezra Jack Keats’ tales of squalor and hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 9, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    In 1962, the children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) published “The Snowy Day,” the tale of a boy named Peter who, wearing a fanciful red parka, ventures out into his gritty neighborhood to enjoy the delight of freshly fallen snow.  

    With illustrations... read on

  • POW’s journey to forgiving the unforgivable in ‘The Railway Man’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 9, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Jonathan Teplitzky is the Jewish-Australian director of the new film “The Railway Man,” based on Eric Lomax’s searing, best-selling 1996 memoir of his incarceration and torture in a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. The movie, like the book, also details... read on

  • Ben Kingsley honors Holocaust stories with his film roles

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    Sir Ben Kingsley’s piercing brown eyes flashed when he was asked if he remembered the first time he learned about the Holocaust.

    “I’m afraid I do,” the 70-year-old British thespian told the Journal at a recent United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) gala, where he became... read on

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