Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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"God on Trial" -- on the seventh day, the defense rested? There is no rest for memory. And that is what this fascinating, if occasionally ploddingly pedantic and draining, drama offers as a plot point as part of "Masterpiece Contemporary," being broadcast this Saturday morning and Sunday evening at 9 on WHYY-TV Arts and Culture Channel. Why? It takes on...
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Neil Friedman treasures his trove of masterpiece movies, gems distributed by his Menemsha Films with a sense of doing so for art's sake. But it is art forsaken and foraged that puts the focus on what may be his most-successful venture to date: "The Rape of Europa," the compelling documented continental drift of morals dredged up by the Nazis in...
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is no slumber party. What it is, however, is one of the new millennium's most memorable and meaningful movies that focuses on the Holocaust, where nightmares seem the natural dream state of being and gargoyles goose-step to the tunes of the infamous Fatherland. Indeed, "Pajamas" -- based on an award-winning novel -- may well...
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If this had been part of the just-concluded presidential campaign, John McCain would have referred to it as ... "that one." Call it what you will, but the Other Israel Film Festival -- reflecting a love for Israeli cinema that almost dares not speak its name -- is otherwise engaged these days. With its focus on the Arab citizens of...
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The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is playing the video version of "I've Got a Secret." But don't look for Garry Moore as its star or the guests to be some innocuous-looking seniors whose part-time jobs are dismantling bombs. Instead, it's Da Bomb: "The Secrets," part of the film-fest's opening weekend, is one of Israel's more-explosive films of the past decade,...
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