Currently Browsing: October 2012

INTIMATE GRAMMAR

From Tzivi’s August ’12 Spotlight: The Israeli film selected for Cinema/Chicago’s 2012 summer festival is Intimate Grammar (Hadikduk HaPnimi), which also screened last Fall in our 2011 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. In 2002, Nir Bergman wrote and directed Broken Wings (KnafayimShvurot), one of my favorite Israeli films, and since then he has been one […]

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IN DARKNESS

Tzivi reviews In Darkness Poland’s candidate for the 2012 “Best Foreign Language Film” Oscar, In Darkness, is a harrowing, fact-based account of Jews from the Lvov ghetto hiding underground for over a year with assistance from sewer-worker Leopold Socha and his wife Magdalena. I first saw Agnieszka Holland’s newest film in November on the Opening […]

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August ’12 Spotlight

In March 2009, I received a screener from the coordinator of our annual Chicago Latino Film Festival for a new Argentinian feature called La Cámara Oscura. I was entranced by this film, and wrote very positive things about it in my April ’09 column. Soon after, I began receiving calls from all around the country, […]

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SHYLOCK & HIS DAUGHTER

The main production of First Folio Theatre‘s annual “Shakespeare under the Stars” this year is The Merchant of Venice. But having already invested in sets and costumes for Merchant, Managing Director David Rice decided to double-down. In addition to full productions of Merchant (which opened July 11 and runs through August 19), First Folio will […]

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JULIA

Tzivi reviews Julia My Julia obsession began the night I watched Hemingway & Gellhorn on HBO. As I wrote in my July 2012 column: “Despite its 155 minute run time, the core of the film (covering the Spanish Civil War in 1937) is muddled. And adoring scenes of Martha Gellhorn watching Ernest Hemingway type (as […]

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FOLLOW ME

From Tzivi’s July ’12 Spotlight: July 4, 2011 was the 35th anniversary of Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe Airport so I expected some commemoration; to my dismay, the day came and went with barely a word from the American press. But filmmakers Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber were way ahead of me. I’m not […]

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HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN

From Tzivi’s July ’12 Spotlight: On Cable: Hemingway & Gellhorn Sorry to say, I found HBO’s new epic Hemingway & Gellhorn quite disappointing. Despite its 155 minute run time, the core of the film (covering the Spanish Civil War in 1937) is muddled. And adoring scenes of Martha Gellhorn watching Ernest Hemingway type (as if […]

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IC: Steve Schapiro

From Tzivi’s July ’12 Spotlight: World-famous photo journalist Steve Schapiro once lived in Manhattan’s infamous Dakota Building, but he now makes his home on Lake Shore Drive. When I heard he would be speaking at the Instituto Cervantes on June 5, I called to arrange a chat. In addition to his popular books on The […]

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July ’12 Spotlight

July 4, 2011 was the 35th anniversary of Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe Airport so I expected some commemoration; to my dismay, the day came and went with barely a word from the American press. But filmmakers Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber were way ahead of me. I’m not sure when they started work […]

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DARK HORSE

Tzivi reviews Dark Horse Todd Solondz is back in New Jersey. Almost 20 years after releasing his Indie classic Welcome to the Dollhouse in 1995, writer/director Solondz has retreated to his roots. In Dollhouse, nerdy Jewish girl “Dawn” (played by Heather Matarazzo) had just entered junior high school and everything about her life was unbearably […]

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