SEPTEMBER 12-Jan. 30: “Shulie” is a 37-minute experimental film by Elisabeth Subrin, a new sort of docudrama in which Subrin creates a shot-by-shot remake of a documentary about ’60s feminist Shulamith Firestone. The result should call into question the whole procedure of “direct cinema,” itself something of a ’60s phenomenon. The Jewish Museum (Fifth Avenue at 92nd St.). For information, go to www.thejewishmuseum.org or call (212) 423-3200.
‘Nuremberg’ and ‘Robert Lifton: Nazi Doctors’ at Film Forum.
Special to the Jewish Week
Two new documentaries being shown back to back as part of Film Forum’s fall schedule — “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” and “Robert Lifton: Nazi Doctors” — shine yet another light on the ghastly enormity of the Nazis’ crimes and our inability to grasp those barbarous acts.
They make an odd couple, to be sure, but the story of their relationship is one of the most moving in contemporary drama. In Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” which will staged on Broadway next month, a fiercely independent, elderly Jewish widow in Atlanta, Daisy Werthan (Vanessa Redgrave), develops an unlikely friendship with her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones).
“We could be like the Mayans and the Incas. People will come to Jerusalem and say, ‘Yes, there were these curious people there.’”
The statement comes around the middle of “Out of Faith,” a documentary that offers a moving, honest and evenhanded look at the problems interfaith marriage creates for the Jewish people.
Of all the holidays in the Jewish calendar, Purim is the most theatrical. Throughout the ages, Jewish communities worldwide have naturally performed the story in different ways, in accordance with their own native theatrical traditions. In 18th-century Prague, since itinerant puppeteers provided much of the entertainment seen by the common people, a marionette version of “Queen Esther” was one of the hits of the day.