Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Philly Film Society exec brings some Hollywood to the home crowd
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The man who helped land "Black Swan" for its Philadelphia premiere last year is dancing as fast as he can, putting the city on its cinematic feet. An upcoming movie festival, a just-announced filmmaker's contest, seminars, sneak screenings -- all quite a fete for J. Andrew Greenblatt, who, in the three years since assuming the role of executive director of...
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Of all the artists known as Abstract Expressionists -- those color field, action-painting revolutionaries who, with just a few bold splashes of paint in the 1950s, shifted the art capital of the world from Paris to Manhattan -- the least well-known of them has probably always been Philip Guston (that is, if you're not mentioning the sole original woman Hedda...
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There's quite a bit of history to it
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Linda Morel, Jewish Exponent Feature
WHAT'S COOKING? Both Italian and Jewish, my husband wanted to show me the Roman Jewish ghetto. In May 1984, we strolled through this sliver of a neighborhood near the Roman Arch and saw hardly a soul. Perusing dusty Judaic shops, several of them closed, I found the surroundings depressing. But last May, retracing our steps, I was amazed to see...
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How two dictators bloodied the heart of Europe
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SPEAKING VOLUMES How is it that a historian as able as Timothy Snyder can get so many things right in his new book Bloodlands , published by Basic Books, and yet get one big thing so wrong? This work, which clocks in at close to 500 pages, is a detailed record of mass murder beginning in 1933 and ending in...
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Does it take a brave heart or just foolhardiness to attempt an acting comeback in a movie that Eddie Haskell would love? Mel Gibson is about to find out; the bedeviled and besmirched actor of blue-eyed beauty and green-eyed hatred has taken to the screen in "The Beaver," portraying a diminished depressive damned by the world and divested of hope...
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