Film

His People

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2012

Edward Sloman's delicious 1925 morality tale, made for Universal Studios, is a silent movie of the kind that must have launched the phrase "they don't make them like that any more." Rudolph Schildkraut, a renowned actor who had his own Jewish theatre in the Bronx, plays David Cominsky, a Jewish pedlar with a reverence for learning and not much ability to make money.

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Off White Lies

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2012

Maya Kenig's scratchy father and daughter comedy (and that's a bit of a push) is set in the opening days of the Lebanon war of 2006 and features a feckless Shaul, played with disturbing accuracy by Gur Bentvich, and his confused 13-year-old daughter Libby, played by Elya Inbar.

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Zaytoun

By Jenni Frazer, November 5, 2012

So, finally, the first fruit of the long-awaited Israel-British film co-production treaty has reached the UK. Zaytoun, a kind of improbable step-bromance-cum-road movie, between a shot-down Israeli air force pilot and a Palestinian child refugee, was one of the opening gala films at this year's UKJFF and received a rapturous audience reception.

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Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg, An Intimate Self-Portrait

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

One word for this 99-minute archive documentary chronicling the life and times of the writer and musician Serge Gainsbourg - smoking.

Narrated by the late, great (or should that be grate?) enfant terrible of the French avant-garde, this film, much of which is previously unseen footage, seems entirely viewed through a cloud of cigarette smoke.

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All In

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

We're in Jewish Buenos Aires for Daniel Burman's romantic comedy which won best screenplay at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

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Foreign Letters

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

Everyone remembers the agony of school friendships. You like someone, they don't like you, you don't know the reason; your best friend is suddenly no longer your best friend; girls huddle in corners, whispering, and lockers are interfered with.

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Paris-Manhattan

By Jenni Frazer, October 18, 2012

This year's gala festival opening, Paris-Manhattan, is a frothy fairytale as light and inconsequential as your grandma's best spongecake - and it is all the better for that.

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Film about Chasidic Jews premieres at Venice Film Festival

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2012

“Fill the Void”, a film about the Chasidic Jewish community in Tel Aviv, by Israeli director Rama Burshtein, premiered at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

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DVD review: In Darkness - better than Spielberg

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

Acclaimed Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland’s harsh, uncompromising drama may have the same theme as Schindler’s List — a true-life story of a gentile who saved Jews
— but it is both more compelling and less sentiment-al than Spielberg’s blockbuster.

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Woody Allen revealed - but don't ask about Mia Farrow

By Jonathan Foreman, June 8, 2012

Robert Weide, director of Woody Allen: A Documentary, apparently spent much of a year-and- a-half in Allen's orbit. His film's rambling structure - part chronological, part thematic - includes interviews with stars, agents, co-writers and family members, and a lot of material from previous documentaries.

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