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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Here’s a wonderful movie (with an off-putting title) that you can ONLY see Sunday in Palo Alto or Wednesday in San Francisco. Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: top picks

the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), opens this Thursday. The SFJFF is the world’s oldest Jewish film festival, and, with a 2016 attendance figure of 40,000, still the largest. It’s one of the Bay Area’s top cinema … Continue reading

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BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE: in his own words, Israel’s founding leader reflects

In Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, footage from a recently discovered video interview allows us to hear from Israel’s founding leader in his own words. In 1968, David Ben-Gurion was 82 years old and had been retired from public office for five years. … Continue reading

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LEVINSKY PARK: refuge for refugees?

Israel was created as a home for refugees.  What happens when African refugees overwhelm a neglected Tel Aviv neighborhood is the subject of the topical documentary Levinsky Park. Director Beth Toni Kruvant takes us to Tel Aviv’s hardscrabble Hatikva neighborhood,  … Continue reading

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A CLASSY BROAD: “Done. Next!”

The delightful bio-doc A Classy Broad chronicles the amazingly resilient life of Marcia Nasatir, the first woman production vice-president at a major Hollywood studio.   Nasatir is now 91 years old and still pitching movies. Nasatir has lived a singular life.  … Continue reading

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FRITZ LANG: a filmmaker face to face with a real monster

If you’re making a dark crime movie, what better protagonist than Fritz Lang, the creator of the masterpiece M and a founding auteur of film noir?  Fritz Lang imagines Fritz Lang (Heino Ferch) gathering research for M by tracking and … Continue reading

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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need to find closure with his past.  A promising first feature for writer-director Alejandro Magnone, Subte Polska is the sleeper Must See at … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Al Gore in person, plus Hedy Lamarr!

It’s time to get ready for one of the Bay Area’s top cinema events: the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), which opens July 20, and runs through August 6 at five locations throughout the Bay Area. The … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

In theaters right now: The Japanese domestic drama Our Little Sister is remarkably uplifting. I would seek it out because it’s unlikely to remain in theaters for more than two or three weeks. Zero Days is a documentary on a … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

Here are my top picks at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF36), underway right now throughout the Bay Area. The romance Fever at Dawn plays in Palo Alto tonight. This weekend, the festival hosts the West Coast premiere of … Continue reading

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