Interview: Nancy Spielberg

By Stephen Applebaum, April 16, 2015

Film producer Nancy Spielberg doesn't make a habit of reading obituaries. But when she received an email with one about a former TWA flight engineer called Al Schwimmer attached, the title grabbed her.


Review: Altman

By Brigit Grant, April 2, 2015

In striking contrast to most actors, directors are almost always interesting, none more so than the rebel Robert Altman who defied the conventions of Hollywood cinema to make his own movies, which exploded myths about American culture.

In Ron Mann's affectionate documentary tribute we hear the maverick auteur dismiss the idea that he was intentionally taking a swipe at the system - "I reflect


How we won the Austrian art war

By Stephen Applebaum, March 26, 2015

It wasn't only the lives of Jews that the Nazis stole, but their homes, businesses, jewellery, paintings and other personal artefacts. Jews forced to hastily flee for safety often sold off expensive works of art for a song. If there was no time, they left them behind.

For years, work has been going on to return paintings to families from whom they were stolen or extorted.



By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2015

I moaned when they remade Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina.


Review: The Face of an Angel

By Brigit Grant, March 19, 2015

There has already been a film about the murder in Italy of British student Meredith Kercher but, as it wasn't directed by Michael Winterbottom, you probably haven't heard about it.

This has been steeped in the sort of controversy that bodes well for the box-office as accused Amanda Knox's lawyers threatened to sue the moment they got wind of the movie and the Kercher family gave it their blessi


Review: The Cutting Cloth

March 19, 2015

The times are not just a-changing, they are changing faster than ever.


Live long and prosper

By Josh Glancy, March 5, 2015

A Jew need only watch Star Trek for five minutes to notice that Spock is a member of the tribe. He's saturnine, difficult, bumptious, awkward with women, clever and thoughtful. As a half-human and half-Vulcan he's the eternal outsider, living and working on the Starship Enterprise but always feeling somewhat detached.


Review: The Second BestMarigold Hotel

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

So the Oscars is over and there will be no more soapbox rants for a better world delivered by multi-millionaire actors waving little gold men. Not until next year anyway.

Cue the new, though March is not the best time for films as they won't be remembered when the nominations come around again.


Review: Selma

By Brigit Grant, February 5, 2015

Privileged film industry types complaining about a lack of Oscar nominations annoys me, but in the case of Selma, I'm right there with them.


Interview: Samantha Spiro

By John Nathan, January 29, 2015

It seems we have come to an end of what might be termed Samantha Spiro's Jewish period. The actress is amused at the phrase.