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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

Click HERE to read my synopsis for Chicago’s JUF News. “My mother was incapable of choosing, she wanted everything,” Claude Lanzmann tells us early in the text of his huge 528 page memoir The Patagonian Hare. “I’m like her,” he continues. “It is no accident that Shoah runs to nine and a half hours.” But […]

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11/9: Todah Rabah

Many thanks to the Members of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush for their warm welcome on 11/9/13. This was my “debut performance” in my new home of Brooklyn, so a very exciting day for me! Here is the write-up in the December issue of the TBE Newsletter: Sisterhood Lecture Series Although most […]

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Meet Bleu Mobley

RB & I made our first visit to “The Greene Space” in the West Village last night for the kick-off of Warren Lehrer’s latest book launch. A Life in Books: The Rise & Fall of Blue Mobley, a gorgeously produced multi-color “novel,” is a brilliant meditation on the state of publishing in the 21st Century: […]

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Mazel Tov Shemi!

The World is Funny, the third feature written & directed by Israeli filmmaker Shemi Zarhin, is the winner of the first annual BEVIE AWARD for Best Feature of 2013 from the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. It gives me tremendous pleasure to make this announcement because The World is Funny was my own Top Pick in the […]

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Hannah Arendt/Martin Heidegger: Debunking Tired Myths

Jan Plans; God Laughs. I was in Chicago to give my annual lectures on Fiddler on the Roof for the Chicago YIVO Society’s 2013 Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture when I posted my review of Margarethe von Trotta’s film Hannah Arendt (which was opening in Metro Chicago that same week). I promised myself I would […]

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IS IT NIGHT OR DAY?

Buried Holocaust story “found” by OWN Oprah Winfrey, now living in LA, has returned to Metro Chicago for the first episode of her new OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) series Lost & Found. “Lost,” in this case, was a young German-Jewish girl named Gerda Katz, who sought refuge in America in 1938. The person who had long […]

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THE FIFTH HEAVEN

From Tzivi’s Guide to the 2012 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema TOP PERFORMANCES: My Best Actor pick for 2012 is Yehezkel Lazarov who plays “Dov Markovsky” in Dina Zvi-Riklis’ Yishuv drama The Fifth Heaven. Markovsky is a Russian-born physician who runs a small orphanage. As 1945 begins, the Jews of Palestine have ceased to fear […]

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YIPPEE

From Tzivi’s September ’12 Spotlight: Filmmaker Paul Mazursky is one of those Jewish guys from Brooklyn who helped change American culture forever after World War II. I was a teenager when Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was released in 1969, and I remember it well as a “water cooler event.” BCTA raked in […]

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LA CAMARA OSCURA

From Tzivi’s 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 […]

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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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