Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
A long film speaks to the mystery of human behavior
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In this space two weeks ago, I discussed my 20-year journey from movie-mad adolescent to disillusioned adult. My passion for films, which was so strong from such a young age, began to wane in the mid-1980s, when action films and inane comedies began dominating the screens, causing me to lose all interest in seeing anything new. But recently, I've begun...
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It turns out that Harry Gold was quite an efficient spy
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One of the first major pieces I wrote for the Jewish Exponent more than 25 years ago concerned a highly publicized debate held at New York's Town Hall over the guilt or innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple who'd been found guilty of treason and executed in the 1950s for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The...
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Philadelphia's "One Book, One Jewish Community" program officially kicks off Sunday with a discussion led by this year's selected author, Mitchell James Kaplan. The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership announced that Kaplan's first novel, By Fire, By Water, would be the focus of this year's program before it was even published in May. That was quite a...
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Not the movie, exactly, but the moment of truth for two filmmakers
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From a young age, I was a movie nut, watching whatever was on TV -- slashed to bits, I learned later, to accommodate commercials -- while also attending the neighborhood cinema at least once each week. Movie-going intensified in my teens as I added uncut Hollywood classics and European art films that were being shown at the revival houses that...
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The fate of Hungary's Jews during the Holocaust stands out as particularly tragic. I characterize it as such, knowing that there were millions of Jewish tragedies throughout Hitler's Europe, simply because, for so much of the war, Hungary's Jews had an odd, protected status, albeit through a confluence of quirks, both historic and haphazard. But following the German defeat at...
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