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The Taste Of Things

Viewers are treated to a marvellous culinary adventure in Tran Anh Hung’s The Taste of Things, an ode to haute cuisine. Scheduled to open in Toronto and Vancouver on February 16, this French film, with English subtitles, stars Juliette Binoche as an innovative cook and Benoit Magimel as a master chef. It is set in […]

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Pollard — An Incisive Documentary

Upon arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport on the night of December 30, 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the convicted spy Jonathan Jay Pollard was greeted on the tarmac by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was wearing a long black coat and a mask. Before formally acknowledging Netanyahu, Pollard made a slight motion with […]

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Once Upon A Honeymoon

Three years into World War II, with German armies still on the march and intent on conquering the European continent, RKO Radio Pictures released Once Upon A Honeymoon, a romantic drama with dark overtones screened on the Turner Classic Movies channel recently. Directed by Leo McCarey and starring that inimitable Hollywood pair, Cary Grant and […]

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The Zone Of Interest

Italian novelist Primo Levi theorized that ordinary people are more likely to commit atrocities than supposed monsters. As Levi, a Holocaust survivor, aptly observed, “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” Martin […]

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Leaps Of Faiths

One survey after another confirms that most married Jews in the United States are in mixed marriages partnered with non-Jews. This trend emerged in the 1960s and has become an unstoppable force as America grows more diverse and complex in terms of its multiracial composition. It goes without saying that a mixed marriage is at […]

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A Life Apart

They are a minority-within-a-minority. Regardless of where they live, Hasidic Jews dwell on the periphery of societies, hewing to changeless values and norms and uncompromisingly refusing to blend into their surroundings. Hasidim are the subject of A Life Apart, an intriguing documentary by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky now available on the ChaiFlicks streaming platform. […]

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Maestro — An Animated Biopic Of Leonard Bernstein

Rising to stardom in the early 1940s, Leonard Bernstein fulfilled his ambition of becoming the first great American conductor of a major symphony orchestra. He filled these big shoes in 1943, when, in a last-minute switch, he replaced the revered Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall. He was only […]

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Farewell Mr. Haffmann

Fred Cavaye’s Farewell Mr. Haffmann is a searing morality tale on the fickleness of human nature under duress. Scheduled to be released in south Florida theaters on December 22 after appearing at Jewish film festivals in the United States, this absorbing movie unfolds in Nazi-occupied Paris between May 1941 and July 1942. This was an incredibly […]

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Hitler’s Madman

Driven out of Germany in 1937, movie director Detlef Sierck settled in Los Angeles, hoping to restart his career in Hollywood. He could have avoided exile had his wife not been Jewish and had he been a fascist devoted to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. In America, he anglicized his name to Douglas Sirk, and within […]

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Winter Journey

The eighty fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom in Germany that signified a prelude to the Holocaust, was marked yesterday. Anders Ostergaard’s documentary, Winter Journey, a heart-wrenching account of Jewish displacement in Nazi Germany, touches on this castrophic event within the context of a German Jew’s flight from marginalization, torment and persecution in his […]