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“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber

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By Ron GilbertRuth Gruber was really ahead of her time.” I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment” were the first lines she dispatched from the Soviet Artic in 1935.I felt exactly like that as I watched this film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Here was this 98 year (She will be 99 when this article is posted) female journalist share her experiences on her early days in these historical moments of her career. She h...

“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber

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“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber By Ron Gilbert   Ruth Gruber was really ahead of her time.” I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment” were the first lines she dispatched from the Soviet Artic in 1935. I felt exactly like that as I watched it. This special documentary which had its LA Premiere at the LA Jewish Film Festival was presented with the help and associat...

Is Oliver Stone An Anti-Semite?

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  Is Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone an anti-semite? This question has swamped the blogosphere in the past few days after the director gave a controversial interview to the Sunday Times of London. The director of such celebrated films as PLATOON, WALL STREET, JFK and NIXON, whose most recent documentary SOUTH OF THE BORDER is a controversial look at the left-leaning politics in current favor in South America, has not exactly been known for his discretion. He is a social and political...

Interview with Italian Director, Giorgio Diritti: Winner of Best Film: 2010 David Di Donatello Awards

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"The Man Who Will Come"/ (L'Uomo che Verra) Interview with Italian Director: Giorgio DirittiWINNER OF *BEST FILM* and *BEST PRODUCER*  at the 2010  David Di Donatello Awards!"L'Uomo Che Verra" or "The Man Who WIll Come", is the second full length feature film by acclaimed Italian director, Giorgio Diritti.  "The Man Who Will Come" is so powerful, beautiful, and well-researched, it is even shot in a rare form of Italian dialect, known as the Bolognese A...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

Metropia Director Tarik Saleh talks with filmfestivals.com

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Metropia Director Tarik Saleh talks with filmfestivals.com about 9/11, why he set Metropia in Europe, and Paris Hilton…FEST21 (Suzanne Lynch): You said at the press conference, "(Metropia) is about those years when the world went insane, it's about the past. And when you are afraid, you do irrational things." But Metropia is set in 2024... so to what degree is it about the past?TARIK SALEH: When 9/11 happened... I think that, in Europe, for example, we have a tradition of criticizing the Unit...

Metropia Director Tarik Saleh talks with Fest 21 about 9/11, why he set Metropia in Europe, and Paris Hilton…

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FEST21 (Suzanne Lynch): You said at the press conference, "(Metropia) is about those years when the world went insane, it's about the past. And when you are afraid, you do irrational things." But Metropia is set in 2024... so to what degree is it about the past? TARIK SALEH: When 9/11 happened... I think that, in Europe, for example, we have a tradition of criticizing the United States, almost on a reflex basis. It doesn't matter what the United States does or how it r...

The Global Film Village: Beau and Emily Bridges in ACTING: THE FIRST SIX LESSONS

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by Marla Lewin Last night we were treated to a wonderful performance of “Acting: The First Six Lessons,” a play adapted and performed by Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily Bridges. The play was based on the 1933 book by Richard Boleslavsky  which was given to Beau, when he was fourteen by his father Lloyd Bridges. It was the only book about acting his father ever gave him. Beau Bridges is a longtime Theatre West member and has done many workshops with the theatre company. Las...

2010 berlinale: JUD SUESS resurrected

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In German and Jewish themed film festivals the focus on the Third Reich and the Holocaust remains essential as expressed in the large number of features and documentaries screened on those topics. The New York Jewish Film Festival excelled earlier this year with documentaries like EINSATZGRUPPEN: THE DEATH BRIGADES (Michal Prazan) and FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO POLAND (Lukas Pribyl) or features like GRUBNER'S JOURNEY (Radu Gabrea) and PROTECTOR (Marek Najbrt). These films may differ in their cre...

The 60th Berlinale--Retrospektively Speaking

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by Richard Traubner The Retrospektive at the Berlinale usually excites all types of film historians, curators, museum personnel, and other interested parties--especially when it's a German subject. This year, a restored version of Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis trumped the Retrospektive itself, which was a look-back at significant and sometimes controversial films shown at the film festival since it began in 1951--in far warmer June weather.     Many of these films...

The 60th Berlinale--Retrospektively Speaking

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The Retrospektive at the Berlinale usually excites all types of film historians, curators, museum personnel, and other interested parties--especially when it's a German subject. This year, a restored version of Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis trumped the Retrospektive itself, which was a look-back at significant and sometimes controversial films shown at the film festival since it began in 1951--in far warmer June weather. Many of these films are quite familiar now: In the Realm of the Senses, The ...

GORDON M. DOUGLAS DIRECTED IT ALL !

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Surely the most versatile of Hollywood Directors, and although his name rings no bells, Gordon DOUGLAS - sometimes billed as Gordon M. Douglas, created a remarkable piece of work, his cinematic career spanning over five decades. Indeed, what Hollywood film director could boast having helmed such a spectrum of personalities ranging in the 30's, from a hoofing Al Jolson, through action westerns with Randolph Scott in the '40's, rambling on to culminate in rock sensation Elvis Presley...

Vegetarialized

Director: Daniel Ronnstam.
This videowork experiments with facial size and color manipulation together with a collage of old footage showing Hitler and Charlie Chaplin. The work clarifies a serious environmental issue.

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

River to River documentary: The Aryan Saga

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THE ARYAN SAGA -- A TALE OF WANNABE MASTERRACE MOTHERSIn the documentary section Sanjeev Sivan's "The Aryan Saga" starts out like a colorful Himalayan tribal travelogue but slowly sneaks a time bomb into the Llaps of the unsuspecting audience, with a film which unleashed the most heated post screening discussion of the entire festival. It is generally accepted historically that somewhere around 1,500 BC the Indian subcontinent was invaded from the north by so-called Aryan tribes who spoke langu...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film already awarded i...

Boston Jewish Film Festival Awards

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Two Awards given at the 2009 Boston Jewish Film FestivalNEWTON, Massachusetts - November 24, 2009 - The audience at this year's 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival has voted its favorites. In total, the Festival screened 40 films from 15 countries. The Festival's audience voted in two categories, Best Feature Fiction and Best Documentary Feature.Award-winners are as follows:- Best Feature Fiction: Eli & Ben (Eli v'Ben) (Israel, 2008, 89 min., 35mm) had its Massachusetts Premiere in this year...

Boston Jewish Film Festival favorites

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The audience at this year's 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival has voted its favorites. In total, the Festival screened 40 films from 15 countries. The Festival's audience voted in two categories, Best Feature Fiction and Best Documentary Feature.Award-winners are as follows:- Best Feature Fiction: Eli & Ben (Eli v'Ben) (Israel, 2008, 89 min., 35mm) had its Massachusetts Premiere in this year's Festival. In Ori Ravid's engrossing debut feature film, Walk on Water's Lior Ashkenazi plays Ben,...

Omer Pasha-2012 Filmography

Omer Pasha-2012 Filmography Come To Me (2012 Edition) Omer Pasha uses the techniques of George Melies and Robert Wiene in his brand new editions of the curse short movies, officially known as Come To Me (2012 Edition), a collection of 5 short films in the musical genre , follow, in chronological order; 1.The Curse 2012 Edition 2.French Curses 2012 Edition 3.Egyptian Curses 2012 Edition 4.Who Are You 2012 Edition ...

Omer Pasha-2012 Filmography

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Omer Pasha-2012 Filmography Come To Me (2012 Edition) Omer Pasha uses the techniques of George Melies and Robert Wiene in his brand new editions of the curse short movies, officially known as Come To Me (2012 Edition), a collection of 5 short films in the musical genre , follow, in chronological order; 1.The Curse 2012 Edition 2.French Curses 2012 Edition 3.Egyptian Curses 2012 Edition 4.Who Are You 2012 Edition 5.Come To Me 2012 Edition Inspired by 3 elements; Robert Wi...

The Winners of the 5th Grossmann Film and Wine Festival

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Dear cannibals, zombies, witches, victims of demonic possession, space puddings and other wine lovers – dear friends! The 5th, jubilary and boutique edition of Grossmann Film and Wine Festival, held every year in Ljutomer, Slovenia, is behind us. Noisy Cat award for best musical documentary went to Slovenian film Vlada, a portrait of the founding member of Belgrade's legendary New Wave band Idoli Vlada Divljan, directed by Rudi Uran. In the short films category, Slak's Vicious Cat went t...

The Winners of the 5th Grossmann Film and Wine Festival

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Dear cannibals, zombies, witches, victims of demonic possession, space puddings and other wine lovers – dear friends! The 5th, jubilary and boutique edition of Grossmann Film and Wine Festival, held every year in Ljutomer, Slovenia, is behind us. Noisy Cat award for best musical documentary went to Slovenian film Vlada, a portrait of the founding member of Belgrade's legendary New Wave band Idoli Vlada Divljan, directed by Rudi Uran. In the short films category, Slak's Vicious Cat went to Cana...

The Italian Invasion Of New York

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor With the tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic covering the nasty divorce spat between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his former-actress wife (a spicy melange of adultery, illicit sex with teenage "models" and political corruption), the Italian penchant for soap opera and high drama continues unabated. Our on-going interest and curiosity about all things Italian c...

We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty, they will know who we are.

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Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt): we re in the killing nazi business and, cousin, business is booming! Lt. Aldo Raine : Frankly watchin Donny bezat Nazi's to death is the closest we ever get to goin to the movies Lt. Aldo Raine: got a german here wants to die for country. Oblige him Gen. Ed Fenech (Mike Myers) drinking! Down with Hitler Lt. Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender) All the way down sir Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt): "My name is Lt. Aldo Raine, and I'm p...

Portland Jewish Film Festival Programme

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17th Annual Jewish Film FestivalApril 16-26The NW Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies present the 17th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival. This year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural settings and speak to experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. 
This year's Festival is co-sponsored by the Jewish Review with individual program support from Cedar-Sinai, Neveh Shalom, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Port...

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