Film

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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Homeland was brilliant, now it's Hatufim's turn

By Simon Round, May 10, 2012

There can be very few people who sat down to watch the first episode of Channel 4's gripping psychological thriller who were not there for the final instalment last Sunday.

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Nazi-hunting rock star style

By Jonathan Foreman, April 6, 2012

One of the creepier cinematic developments of recent years is the attempts by European filmmakers to mine the Holocaust for comedy. The first and most successful of these of was Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful, which was followed by Peter Kossovitz's execrable Jakob the Liar.

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So many Holocaust movies are 'just lies', says Oscar nominee

By Stephen Applebaum, March 8, 2012

It is late January and two days since Agnieszka Holland's tough Holocaust film, In Darkness, was nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar. She has been in this position before, but 2012 is the first time that the 63-year-old director has represented her homeland: Poland. On the night, the prize will go to Iran's A Separation.

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