‘Reclaiming’ Jewish History

Staff Writer

For actress Helen Mirren, who portrays Holocaust refugee Maria Altmann in “Woman in Gold,” her critically acclaimed role is a slice of Jewish history.

Helen Mirren: Honored by World Jewish Congress for role in “Woman in Gold.” Hahar Azran

A Cinematic Fashion Statement

Special To The Jewish Week

These days, calling Iris Apfel for a telephone interview is like crossing the main level of Grand Central Station at rush hour. The subject of a new documentary by the late Albert Maysles, Apfel has been rendered by his recent death the primary source for comment on the film, “Iris,” which opens April 29 at Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.; [212] 727-8110) and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema (Broadway and 62nd Street; [212] 757-0359).

The stylish Iris Apfel in scene from “Iris.”  Inset: Apfel with Albert Maysles. Courtesy of Maysles Films Inc.

Catholics And Jews Pan Film Defending Wartime Pope Pius XII


A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

The ‘Deli Man’ Cometh To Times Square

Special To The Jewish Week

This is a busman’s holiday for Ziggy Gruber. The round-faced restaurateur from Houston (Texas, not Street), is sitting in Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant, an enormous and bustling kosher deli near Times Square, talking Jewish food and chatting about his movie debut in the new documentary film “Deli Man.”

Ziggy Gruber of Houston’s popular Kenny and Ziggy’s deli, at Ben’s this week. Michael Datikash

Dancing Towards Remembrance

Culture Editor

Seventy years ago this week, four women prisoners took part in an act of heroic resistance at Auschwitz, for which they were later hanged. Ala Gertner, Roza Robota, Regina Szafirsztajn, and Estera Wajcblum, all Polish Jews, were instrumental in smuggling gunpowder from a munitions factory to leaders of the underground in Birkenau, the adjacent camp. Their co-conspirators managed to blow up a crematorium, damaging it beyond repair so it was never used again.

Part of Jonah Bokaer's dance/film installation that pays tribute to the heroic resistance of four women prisoners at Auschwitz.

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For the second time this year, a musical takes as its inspiration the biblical “Song of Songs.” “Shulamit,” a Hebrew-language drama (with English supertitles), is the brainchild of Dina Pruzhansky. (It follows Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen’s “Song of Solomon” this summer.) Pruzhansky is a COJECO BluePrint Fellow (the program facilitates projects from young Jewish adults of Russian origin). Radio broadcaster Robert Sherman hosts the opening night event.

Image of Helena Rubinstein, from exhibit at The Jewish Museum.

Philomena’s Jewish Moment

"Philomena" may be the come-from-behind winner in Sunday night’s Academy Awards presentations. The outstanding film –based on a true story -- about an Irish Catholic woman searching for the son she was forced to give up as a teenager when she was sent to a convent has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Film.

Judy Dench  and Steve Coogan in “Philomena.” Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Etgar Keret, In Film And In Person, At Symphony Space

At one point in “Crazy Glue,” a short film by Elizabeth Orne, a young wife who has been involved in an extramarital affair returns home to find that her husband has crazy glued every movable object in their small apartment. The chairs won’t budge, the receiver will not lift off the phone, the fridge won’t open. When she looks up, she finds that her husband has even glued himself to the ceiling, hanging down, waiting for her to return to him.

Etgar Keret is one of Israel's most celebrated writers. Anna Kaim

Marty Glickman, On Olympus

New film recalls the great broadcaster and athlete.

Associate Editor

Jack Kerouac wrote, “Man, have you dug that mad Marty Glickman announcing basketball games — up-to-midcourt-bounce-fake-set-shot, swish, two points. Absolutely the greatest announcer I ever heard.”

Marty Glickman loomed large as a pioneering sports announcer. Photo courtesy HBO
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