Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Whatever happened to other works from two great masters?
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The history of 20th-century literature is littered with famous writer's blocks. Two of the most documented and analyzed were suffered by a Jewish American, Henry Roth, and an African-American, Ralph Ellison. Both novelists wrote a single -- and singular -- work, and then seemingly fell silent. With Roth, the first work was Call It Sleep , which has...
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Short and sweet -- and powerful. Oscar-nominated in the short documentary category, the 39-minute "Strangers No More" is a golden rule about a school that does the strangest thing of all -- it works miracles where the magic of life otherwise seems to have been stripped of all its abracadabra. Set in Tel Aviv's Bialik-Rogozin, a magnet school for impoverished,...
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As members of "A Chorus Line" understand, everything is beautiful at the ballet. Obviously, they haven't seen "Black Swan." Multinominated for Academy Awards-- with leading lady Natalie Portman poised to make her pas de deux with Oscar this Sunday -- "Black Swan" offers a portal into ballet at its blackest. It is "The Red Shoes" at its bloodiest, dripping crimson...
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Does "The King's Speech" have a Jewish accent? The odds-on favorite to snare the Oscar for best picture at the awards ceremonies on Feb. 27, is this sentimental sensation about English King George VI's stammer more Hollywood than history? Without doubt, as George VI, Colin Firth is first of firsts in portrayals this year; indeed, the golden statuette has started...
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Michael Taylor can see Paris through his window -- and maybe even from his doorstep. After all, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that iconic columned building he serves as modern-art curator, looks out on a parkway specifically designed in the style of Paris' Champs-Elysées. But now Taylor need look no farther than the galleries he oversees for a visual nosh...
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