Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
The films of Michael Haneke let no one off the hook
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Several months ago, I began writing what's shaping up to be a series of articles about my reintroduction to the film world through the pleasures of home video technology and the ever-burgeoning field of cinema books. The re-evaluation process started six months ago, when I came to realize that my disillusionment with Hollywood action films and dim-witted comedies had caused...
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Though she lived well into the 20th century -- till 1923, in fact -- legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt is these days a creature of the distant past, resting in a comfortable cocoon of myth. Part of her legend stems from the fact that many believe Marcel Proust and Henry James, two of the world's supreme novelists, based important characters...
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Temple University Press has struck up a lovely relationship with our city -- and certain of its institutions -- that has led to the creation of several spiffy books for children (though older readers who are still young at heart can also join in and benefit). The prototype for what's now shaping up to be a series of sorts was...
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The book of Ruth has a brio of biblical proportions: A prolific and popularly published author/journalist Ruth Gruber grabbed life at its most newsworthy, covering the Nuremberg Trials and serving as photojournalist witness of the troubled waters bridged by the Exodus in 1947 (a memorable accomplishment in itself, even if Paul Newman wasn't aboard). Gruber was also the Roosevelt administration's...
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Author says it's time to give Hillel his due
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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin uses the first chapter of his compelling new biography of Hillel to retell an anecdote about the great rabbi that I'd never heard before. Most people know the "summarize-the-Torah-while-standing-on-one-foot" tale, though perhaps not all of its details and ramifications. Telushkin eventually gets around to analyzing that resonant encounter, since it holds a central place in his conception...
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