Posts Tagged ‘ cinema ’

The New Film by The Man Who Brought You “Shoah”

February 6, 2014
By
Last of the Unjust

In the 1970s, when Claude Lanzmann was collecting material for his masterpiece, Shoah, he conducted a set of interviews that didn’t quite fit with the rest—with ex-Judenrat elder Benjamin Murmelstein. Forty years later, Lanzmann, now a hale 87, brings Murmelstein’s testimony to light, along with questions about Jewish memory and morality, in…

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The Godfather in Yiddish

June 11, 2012
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the godfather in yiddish

Some parodies exist solely because it’s funny to mash up two disparate genres. Take, for instance,…

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Mahler on the Couch

June 8, 2012
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Mahler auf der Couch

Gustav Mahler was a brilliant composer, and a bit of a control freak. He liked to…

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Matisyahu, the Exorcist

June 5, 2012
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matisyahu the exorcist

Horror movies are all about planting unexpected things in unexpected…

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Mr. Saturday Night

July 12, 2011
By
Mr saturday night

What happens to Borscht Belt comedians when they get old?…

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The Yiddish Godfather

July 5, 2011
By
the yiddish godfather

Sholem Aleichem was one of the first authors to…

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Justice, Justice, You Shall Restore

July 1, 2011
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Justice, Justice, You Shall Restore

Starting in 1975, Debbie Peagler was prostituted, controlled, and repeatedly…

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Drugs, Homelessness, and Hasidim

June 6, 2011
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drugs homelessness and hasidim

The Hasidic sect known as Chabad is famous for doing “outreach,” trying…

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Survivor’s Guilt

June 2, 2011
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survivors guilt

In the opening scene of the film adaptation of X-Men (2000), a…

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Dating for Keeps

May 16, 2011
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dating for keeps

Two young teachers at a New York public…

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Fitting In, Sticking Out

May 3, 2011
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fitting in sticking out

Having a bat mitzvah might not instantly make you a…

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The Gift to Stalin

March 28, 2011
By
the gift to stalin

Imagine that everyone you’ve ever known was packed…

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