Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Night Will Fall: A powerful depiction of Nazi atrocities

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Night Will Fall: A powerful depiction of Nazi atrocities By Paul Mitchell on the World Socialist Web Site on November 26, 2014.

“Stranger by the Lake”

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

by Herbert H. Stein

If it had been originally in English, the title of the film, Stranger By the Lake, could easily be seen as a double entendre. Anyone who has seen the film would agree that it is, indeed, “stranger” by the lake, an all-male gathering place at which nudity, public sexuality and murder are accepted as commonplace. The other aspect of the double entendre is, of course, a reference to the stranger who is met by the lake, a place in which couples pair off, make love and fall in love with relative anonymity.

But that is if it had been originally in English. In fact, this is a French film, and the translators, presumably with the agreement of the film makers, applied that title to a film with the original title, L’Inconnu du Lac. I know from reading Camus in freshman French that The Stranger is L’Etranger in the original French. L’Inconnu translates literally as “the unknown.” Rather than remove the double entendre, this appears to add further layers of suggestion.

Behind the Urbane Wit, a Crackling Fervor for His Art Ben Brantley on Mike Nichols

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Behind the Urbane Wit, a Crackling Fervor for His Art Ben Brantley on Mike Nichols By Ben Brantley in The New York Times on November. 20, 2014.

Click Here to Read: Mike Nichols, Urbane Director Loved by Crowds and Critics, Dies at 83 By Bruce Weber in The New York Times on November 20, 2014.

Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival By Stefan Steinberg on the World Socialist Web Site on November 20, 2014.

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Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Review of: Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work: A biography of the remarkable actor by Susan L. Mizruch,  Reviewed By Charles Bogle on the World Socialist Web Site on November 19, 2014.

New film exhibit gives moving glimpse of pre-WWII Jewish Poland

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  New film exhibit gives moving glimpse of pre-WWII Jewish Poland ‘Letters to Afar,’ on show at the Museum of the City of New York, uses films by Jewish immigrants who traveled from NY back to Poland in the 1920s and 1930s BY Cathryn J. Prince in The Times of Israel on November 18, 2014.

No Banality in This Evil: A new documentary and a new book look at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Click Here To Read:  No Banality in This Evil: A new documentary and a new book look at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters By Saul Austerlitz on The Tablet website on November 13, 2014.

Heinrich Himmler with Gundrun around 1941. (Kino Lorber, Inc)

Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy by Matt Whitlock on the MUBI website.

I went to the movies and saw my grandmother get stabbed to death

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: I went to the movies and saw my grandmother get stabbed to death Posted By Ben Sachs on The Reader website on November 3, 2014.

Odysseus in Modern Cinema by Adele Tutter IPA

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Odysseus in Modern Cinema Adele Tutter (American Psychoanalytic Association) A study on “the ageless story of a young man’s solo quest”. This essay reviews: Grizzly Man, directed by Werner Herzog, 2005 | Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, 2007 | Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh, 2008 | 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle, 2010.

Bion’s A Memoir of the Future – the unfinished movie

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Click Here to View: Bion’s A Memoir of the Future – the unfinished movie on YouTube.

New film suggests a bright future for Polish Jews

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  New film suggests a bright future for Polish Jews: A talk with the director of ‘The Return,’ which opens Saturday in New York, on how he presents a positive look at a growing, hip Jewish community in an unexpected place BY Jordon Hoffman in The Times of Israel on October 24, 2014.

Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality by Maria Popova on the Brain Pickings website.

Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Click Here to Read: NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG opens the 2014-15 Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center with “ART SONG ON THE COUCH: LIEDER IN FREUD’S VIENNA” Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York City.

Precious Windows on a Vanished World ‘Letter to Afar’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Click Here to Read:   Precious Windows on a Vanished World ‘Letter to Afar’: Pre-Holocaust Home Movies from Poland By Joseph Berger in The New York Times on October. 22, 2014.

The filmmaker Peter Forgacs with his installation at the Museum of the City of New York.CreditÁngel Franco/The New York Time

The Gary Webb story in Kill the Messenger: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Click Here to Read: The Gary Webb story in Kill the Messenger: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on October 17, 2014.

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Tigers and global corporate criminality: “We’ve got a really bad system”

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 6 Tigers and global corporate criminality: “We’ve got a really bad system” By David Walsh on the World Socialist Web Site on October 15, 2014.

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The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk By Dorota Niemitz on The World Socialist Web Site on October 13, 2014.

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The Boxtrolls: A cartoonish glimpse of class society

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: The Boxtrolls: A cartoonish glimpse of class society By Zaida Green on the World Socialist Web Site on October 6, 2014.

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YIVO News and Events

Friday, October 10th, 2014

SpartacusFarewell to Communism:
Howard Fast and Soviet Yiddish Writers
Tuesday, October 7 | 7:00pm
Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies
Free | RSVP: yivo.org/reservations / (212) 294-8301 x5167

Come join us for a special Members-Only Reception at 5:30pm to meet other YIVO Members, staff, and our new Albert B. Ratner Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish Literature, Professor Gennady Estraikh. The reception is only a couple of days away - RSVP today!

Novelist Howard Fast (1914-2003), remembered today as the blacklisted author of Spartacus, was one of the mos (more…)