Category Archives: Bechdel-Wallace

DENIAL (2016)

My favorite Yiddish Expression is "Man Plans; God Laughs." In this instance, the amazing life of Deborah Esther Lipstadt reached its ironic culmination the week of the first nationally televised debate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump. The … Continue reading

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A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS (JLH)

A Tale of Love and Darkness is Natalie Portman’s adaptation of the memoir Amos Oz published in 2004. I consider this film a masterpiece… but you probably won’t hear many other film critics say that. This is no doubt the … Continue reading

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THE KIND WORDS (2015)

Only after Yona is dead does her daughter Dorona begin to learn about the secrets of her lifetime. Israeli filmmaker Shemi Zarin's new film (the fourth to be released in the USA) continues his brilliant run of domestic dramas "laden with … Continue reading

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DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (2015)

Director Benoît Jacquot's new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel (co-written Hélène Zimmer) is likely the most faithful to date, but that doesn't make it much fun to watch. Although Mirbeau's fin de siècle concerns are highly applicable to today's economic inequality and … Continue reading

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EVA HESSE (2016)

Filmmaker Marcie Begleiter has turned artist Eva Hesse's tragically short life into something luminous. For every year she was alive, Begleiter shows Hesse as an indefatigable woman with unforgettable incandescence. (JLH: 4/5) Review for JUF News by FF2 Managing Editor … Continue reading

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NATASHA

First JLH Day at the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival Stunning adaptation by David Bezmozgis of his 2001 short story Natasha.  Bezmozgis is clearly obsessed with the story of Natasha--for good reason--and he made the excellent decision to both … Continue reading

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM (JLH)

Full Title = Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict For all the books written about her since her death in 1979--and even despite the two books she wrote about herself--Peggy Guggenheim remains an elusive subject. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland's great contribution to … Continue reading

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