Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I knew very few details about the life of legendary modern dancer Isadora Duncan when some friends and I -- seniors in college at the time -- went to see the 1969 film The Loves of Isadora . The movie was pretty much a mess. Karel Reisz, who began his career as an accomplished editor before he turned...
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On tragedy and triumph in Theresienstadt
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Theresienstadt -- the concentration camp due north of Prague, Czechoslovakia -- came to be known as "the model ghetto," used to demonstrate to visiting Red Cross officials how well the Jews were being treated, and especially, how much freedom they had to express themselves creatively. All of this effort was meant to put to rest once and for...
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For a time, a great collaboration lit up the musical stage
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I wonder whether the great mass of people who have seen one version or another of Fiddler on the Roof since it premiered on Broadway in 1964 would know, if asked, who wrote the work. Fiddler was and continues to be one of the most popular shows in theater history, and is performed every season -- if not...
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George Gershwin was a natural wonder whose talent was turning out masterpiece after masterpiece
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I remember once sitting at the bar of a trendy Center City restaurant some time in the late-'80s and overhearing the couple next to me talking about the music being quietly piped into the place. At one point, the woman asked her companion if he knew the name of the song that was playing; he shrugged his shoulders and said...
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SPEAKIING VOLUMES I can pinpoint with great accuracy the moment I fell in love with the photography of André Kertész, and that's because it was predicated on a misunderstanding. It happened in the Eighth Street Bookshop, one of Manhattan's legendary locales. It's long-gone now, its passing much lamented by those of us lucky enough to have lived in Greenwich Village...
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