Anthology Film Archives

‘There Are Some Things That Can’t Be Shown’

Considering the Shoah-haunted films of the late Chantal Akerman.

03/22/2016 - 16:22
Special To The Jewish Week

About halfway through “I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman,” a new documentary by Marianne Lambert, opening on Wednesday, March 30, the late Belgian filmmaker tells Lambert that, finally, all her films are really about her mother, a Holocaust survivor who died shortly before the interview took place.

Scene from Akerman’s last film, “No Home Movie,” a loving portrait of her mother. Akerman credit: Courtesy of Icarus Films

All In The Family At NewFilmmakers Series

From Brooklyn to Tel Aviv to Eastern Europe, the blood ties that bind.
02/16/2013 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It is billed, accurately, as a showcase for Jewish and Israeli films and directors, but the all-consuming power of family could just as easily be the theme of this month’s NewFilmmakers program at Anthology Film Archives. From Carroll Gardens to Borough Park as well as Tel Aviv and unnamed places in Eastern Europe, the films on display on Feb. 20 are all about the two-edged sword of blood ties; but their approaches to the subject are varied. With no disrespect to Count Tolstoy, even happy families are not all alike, so films about them won’t be either. all different, so films about them will be, too.

Luzer Twersky in Pearl Gluck's "Where Is Joel Baum?" Timur Civan

Hitler, The Film

Hans-Jurgen Syberberg plumbs the German character, and film history, across more than seven hours in ‘Hitler: A Film from Germany.’
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The 1970s was the age of heroic avant-gardism, a period of out-sized works — the lengthy “operas” of Robert Wilson, the monumental portraits of Chuck Close, Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow,” William Gaddis’ “J.R.” It was a time of omnivorous works that strove to include the entire world — self-referential, bombastic, difficult endurance tests fueled by a frequently thrilling blend of audacity, encyclopedic knowledge and testosterone — nowhere more so than in film, and nowhere in film more than in the films of Hans-J

A German child holds a Hitler puppet in Hans-Jurgen Syberberg’s “Hitler: A Film From Germany.”
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