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‘The Queen’ Of Yiddish Song

Remembering YIVO archivist Chana Mlotek, one of the major figures in the revival of klezmer.

11/04/2013
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When she was interviewed by The Jewish Week in June 2012, the outstanding Yiddishist Chana Mlotek confided that at age 90 she had lost a bit of her ferocious productivity.

Chana Mlotek with her son, Zalmen, center, and husband Joseph in a 1985 photo. Milken Family Archives

Dutch Treat, And More

An unusual Jewish take on Dutch imperial sprawl, a new Agnieszka Holland offering and West Bank intrigue at NY Film Festival.

10/04/2013
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We have reached a point in the history of the moving image that the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema regularly reviews video games in its pages. I note this with no rancor. It’s merely my way of saying that the presence at the New York Film Festival for a second consecutive year of “Convergence,” a sidebar event focused on trans-media, cross-platform projects, is entirely in keeping with the direction that this art is evolving. Perhaps film was once Janus-faced, looking simultaneously at fiction and documentary (although even that is an oversimplification). Today, you can barely keep track of the facets of this jewel.

Tatiana Pauhofova and Radim Bures in Agnieszka Holland’s Prague Spring-based “Burning Bush.” Photo courtesy HBO

Inside Indonesia’s Killing Fields

‘The Act of Killing’ filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer on the persistence of genocide: ‘This is family history for me.’

07/25/2013
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“The Act of Killing,” currently playing here, is a mysterious film, a documentary that appears to be equal parts South Asian musical epic, gangster noir and political/historical essay. The movie’s oddly hybrid nature is largely the result of the strange and sinister reality that Joshua Oppenheimer, the director, found when he first went to Indonesia, the film’s location and subject.

A scene from the documentary “The Act of Killing.” Photo courtesy Drafthouse Films

Kindertransport Film Elides Hero's Role

Matej Minac’s ‘Nicky’s Family’ is director’s third film about Shoah-era efforts of Sir Nicholas Winton, Holocaust rescuer and baptized former Jew.

07/19/2013
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Matej Minac has made the story of Sir Nicholas Winton his life’s work. “Nicky’s Family,” Minac’s new documentary, which opens on July 19, is his third feature film as a director. Each of his films has been a reworking of Winton’s story.

Children rescued by Nicholas Winton leaving Prague, in scene from “Nicky’s Family.”

The Jewish Questions Meets The Shostakovich Question

My colleague George Robinson wrote an insightful piece on the upcoming "Babi Yar" symphony being performed by the New York Philharmonic this weekend.  I've never heard the symphony in full, but I look forward to hearing it this Thursday night.

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