Film

5 Jewish movies without tragic endings

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Jewish movies are often depressing. The Holocaust, the Munich Massacre, a pogrom — it’s hard to find a film without a tragedy. We found...

The good, the bad and the ugly of non-Jews playing Jews

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Jewish characters have been played by non-Jews going back to medieval mystery plays about the crucifixion of Jesus. Since then, portrayals of Jews have...

‘Velvet Underground’ withstands test of time

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By Sasha Rogelberg Before Lou Reed proclaimed, “My God is rock ’n’ roll,” The Velvet Underground frontman was a Jewish boy who grew up in...

The greatest Holocaust movie ever made debuted on 9/11

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By Rich Brownstein On Sept. 11, 2001, the greatest Holocaust film ever made, before or since, premiered at a festival — and quickly disappeared, largely...

Kenneth Feinberg helps 9/11 families find ‘Worth’ in Obama-produced Netflix movie

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Review By Andrew Lapin At a key moment in the new Netflix film “Worth,” Kenneth Feinberg, the real-life architect of the compensation fund for 9/11 victims,...

Why are we still so obsessed with Hitler?

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By Andrew Lapin “Is it possible to make a film like this without contributing to the Nazi Cinematic Universe?” This line of narration comes early in...

Filmmakers constructed a shtetl for a WWII film. Now they want to preserve it...

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In the woods of northern Ukraine, construction workers have built an island in time: a shtetl. That’s the Yiddish word for the type of...

What happens when American Jews ‘watch’ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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By Andrew Lapin A Jewish college student sits alone in a dark room watching a series of short videos. They are filmed altercations from the...

‘Sublet’ charms but doesn’t dazzle

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By Sasha Rogelberg If director Eytan Fox wanted his film “Sublet” to be an easy summer watch, he succeeded; if he wanted the film to...

Shira Haas gives life to a devastating illness in the decorated Israeli film ‘Asia’

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By Simi Horwitz Shira Haas, the Israeli actress who vaulted into superstardom with her roles in the TV series “Shtisel” and “Unorthodox,” has a track...