The Arts

Samuel Maoz’s 20 Years’ War

As ‘Lebanon’ opens theatrically, the director reflects on his war experience and what it took to turn it into a film.

08/03/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Samuel Maoz was only 20 years old when the first Lebanon War broke out. He was a gunner in a tank crew and at 6:15 a.m. on the morning of June 6, 1982, he killed a man for the first time in his life.

“It was a release to make the film,” Maoz says.

Outsider Art, From An Insider

Gary Shteyngart is still training his satiric gaze on the immigrant experience, Jewish and otherwise.

08/03/2010
Staff Writer

‘I don’t feel any need to disassociate with Jews,” said Gary Shteyngart, the phenomenally popular 38-year-old writer whose third novel, “Super Sad True Love Story,” released last week, is chock full of them.

Gary Shteyngart

Holocaust Survivor’s Debt Of Thanks

Documentary focuses on reunion between German native and pioneering doctor.

07/28/2010
Staff Writer

A child survivor of the Holocaust, Inge Auerbacher developed tuberculosis in Terezin and was “at death’s door” with the disease shortly after she immigrated to the United States in 1946. Only treatment with streptomycin, a drug developed three years earlier and still in its experimental stage, saved her life.

Generations Of Yiddish Song

Adrienne Cooper’s new projects span the years,
with collaborators old and new.

07/27/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Fifty years ago, Yiddish was generally considered a dying language or one that was already dead if still upright. The Shoah and the Gulag had taken a dreadful toll on Yiddish speakers, readers and writers. Isaac Bashevis Singer was much feted as the last of his tribe (although the brilliant poet Abraham Sutzkever would live until 2009), and Yiddish-based musical forms were considered museum pieces.

Adrienne Cooper performs next week at Damrosch Park as part of the “Music for a Better World” show.

Chaplin’s Splendid Audacity

The daring of ‘The Great Dictator’ and how it speaks to us through the years.

07/27/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

I believe it was William L. Shirer who said that if someone had pulled down Adolf Hitler’s pants in public in 1923 he never would have become Reichschancellor. Ridicule, in the right hands, is a powerful weapon. That was probably what was going through Charles Chaplin’s mind when he began work on “The Great Dictator” in 1938. 

Chaplin as Adenoid Hynkel: Taking on Hitler was an act of cinematic boldness.

Putting God On The Couch

07/20/2010

He called himself a “godless Jew” and spent much of his career trying to demonstrate that religion is an illusion, and religious belief a neurosis. Did Sigmund Freud ever question his own atheism?

Martin Rayner, left, as Sigmund Freud and Mark H. Dold as C.S. Lewis in Mark St. Germain’s “Freud’s Last Session.” Kevin Sprague

Klezmer's 'Woody Guthrie' Celebrated

German Goldenshteyn Memorial Orchestra performs the famed clarinetist's best work.

07/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The late jazz writer Gene Lees frequently remarked that jazz musicians tended to speak the way they played.

The same seems to have been true of German Goldenshteyn, the great klezmer clarinetist and a man who was a veritable human archive of the rich musical heritage of Bessarabia. Goldenshteyn, who died in 2006, was a Yiddish speaker whose inflections had a lilting, melodic rise and fall and a rhythmic precision not unlike his solos.

German Goldenshteyn

Concert’ Juggles Too Much

Mihaileanu’s farce of identity is one major gag short.

07/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Radu Mihaileanu has set himself an increasingly difficult task.

French actress Melanie Laurent stars in Radu Mihaileanu’s “The Concert” as a violinist soloing with an unlikely orchestra.

‘I’m Always Hiding Behind My Stories’

Radu Mihaileanu’s cinema of deception and identity.

07/20/2010
Staff Writer

For the first years of his life in communist Romania, Radu Mihaileanu couldn’t understand why his grandmother, who lived with his family, prepared her own meals in her own pots and pans.

Radu Mihaileanu’s latest film carries a familiar theme, of hidden identity and yearning for freedom. Getty Images Weinstein comp

Modern (Orthodox) Romance Hits New York Stage

07/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Differences in levels of religious observance between Jewish partners in a relationship often cause tensions and hurt feelings. But in Amy Holson-Schwartz’s new play, “Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?” starting this weekend at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, these differences become the subject of romantic comedy. Directed by Jay Falzone, the play has been described as “Scrubs” meets “How I Met Your Mother,” with a Jewish twist. 

He’s cute but he’s wearing a yarmulke: Playwright Amy Holson-Schwartz.
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