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Michael Curtiz: The Director Of Casablanca

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Michael Curtiz: The Director Of Casablanca

The 1942 Warner Brothers film, Casablanca, is a Hollywood classic. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this romantic drama won Academy Awards for best picture, best adapted screenplay and best director. Michael Curtiz, who directed it, was a Hungarian Jew who had a long list of movies to his credit, from The Adventures of Robin […]

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Red Joan

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Red Joan

Inspired by a true story, Trevor Nunn’s espionage drama, Red Joan, unfolds, in part, against the backdrop of two major events — World War II and the Cold War — and is set in Britain and Canada. The central character, Joan Stanley, is modelled after Melita Norwood, the longest-serving Soviet spy in Britain. Recruited in 1937, […]

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Film Charts Persecution Of Jews In Italy

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Film Charts Persecution Of Jews In Italy

Giorgio Treves’ sobering documentary, 1938-Different, which will be screened at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 3 and May 6, lays bare the devastating impact of fascism on the Jewish community in Italy. In 1938, Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime enacted antisemitic laws that rendered 45,000 Italian Jews second-class citizens. The German invasion of Italy […]

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A Biopic About Hollywood Star Lauren Bacall

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A Biopic About Hollywood Star Lauren Bacall

Femme fatale Lauren Bacall was a star during Hollywood’s golden age in the 1940s. Strikingly beautiful, with a slim figure, a long mane of hair, seductive eyes and a low, husky voice which could set hearts aflutter, she was a complete unknown when she starred opposite Humphrey Bogart, her future husband, in the 1944 film To […]

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Voyage Of The St. Louis

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Voyage Of The St. Louis

Eighty years ago next month, the St. Louis, a luxury German passenger liner carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees, left the port of Hamburg bound for Havana, Cuba. The passengers, possessing valid Cuban visas, expected to be admitted to Cuba, but their hopes were cruelly dashed. The Cuban government turned them away and the vessel […]

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The King of Borek

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The King of Borek

Sami Alkolombris, a Bulgarian Jewish baker from Jaffa, earned a small fortune and achieved a measure of fame in Israel by selling mouth-watering boreks, or bourekas, a flaky Middle Eastern/Balkan pastry made of phyllo dough and filled with stuffings ranging from salty cheese and spinach to potatoes and meat. Sami initially sold his wares from […]

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Tel Aviv On Fire

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Tel Aviv On Fire

The Arab-Israeli conflict is no laughing matter. But in Tel Aviv On Fire, which will be screened by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 2 and May 4, Sameh Zoabi, a Palestinian director, breaks this mould by means of black humor, using Israel’s long-running dispute with the Palestinians as a source of biting satire. […]

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My Polish Honeymoon

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My Polish Honeymoon

The children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors usually have some kind of an affinity, if only a superficial one, with their parent’s or grandparent’s homeland. This is particularly true in the case of Poland, whose prewar Jewish population of 3.3 million was virtually annihilated by the Nazis and their local collaborators. Elise Otzenberger draws on […]

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Gaza: Expressive Film About The Plight Of Palestinians

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Gaza: Expressive Film About The Plight Of Palestinians

The Palestinian Arab inhabitants of the Gaza Strip have been consigned to purgatory since the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. This theme is fleshed out in Gaza, a sad and expressive documentary by Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell scheduled to be screened at the Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) in Toronto on April 30, […]

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Lea Tsemel: Devil’s Advocate Or Human Rights Champion?

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Lea Tsemel: Devil’s Advocate Or Human Rights Champion?

Lea Tsemel, an Israeli criminal lawyer, is a polarizing figure in Israel. Critics vilify her as a devil’s advocate. Admirers describe her as a champion of human rights. Rachel Leah Jones, the director of Advocate, a documentary scheduled to be screened at the Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) in Toronto on April 28, April […]

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