Category Archives: Tzivi's Rants

IDA

Spare to a fault, the new Polish drama Ida leaves so much open to interpretation that it becomes a Rorschach Test. And sad to say, the things you see in it are likely to reflect what you knew about the Holocaust -- … Continue reading

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Martin Heidegger?

Margarethe von Trotta's new film Hannah Arendt resurrects two old controversies. The first is about Hannah Arendt's relationship with Martin Heidegger. The second is about her relationship with Varian Fry. Click HERE for more on Varian Fry. Thoughts about Martin Heidegger are below. … Continue reading

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Varian Fry?

Margarethe von Trotta's new film Hannah Arendt resurrects two old controversies. The first is about Hannah Arendt's relationship with Martin Heidegger. The second is about her relationship with Varian Fry. Click HERE for more on Martin Heidegger. Thoughts about Varian … Continue reading

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)

"These memories of Manhattan no doubt colored the way I saw Midnight in Paris in the theatre last summer, so after yesterday's Golden Globe announcement, I went back and watched them both again. While several critics have compared the opening montages, … Continue reading

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2/20: 60 MINUTES

Way back in mid-December, working on my January '11 JUF News column, I said: "As I write, several critics groups have already named The Social Network as their Top Pick for 2010, but I'm frankly not sure why--the depiction of Mark Zuckerberg … Continue reading

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Achcar at I-House

Gilbert Achcar came to University of Chicago's International House on Nov 15th to read from his new book The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives. Raised in Beruit and educated primarily in France, Achcar is currently professor of … Continue reading

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“Invasion” Afterthoughts

SPOILER ALERT!  PLOT POINTS FOLLOW! Three days after seeing Steve Peterson’s wonderful new play The Invasion of Skokie at Chicago Dramatists, I’m still enthralled.  Watching Invasion on Sunday, I learned some new things about my family, my world, and myself. … Continue reading

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Cairo Time

Ruba Nadda's new film Cairo Time is about an American magazine editor named "Juliette" (played by Patricia Clarkson) who travels to Cairo for a vacation with her husband "Mark" (Tom McCamus).  But Mark never shows up, throwing her into a romance with local man named … Continue reading

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Life During Wartime

From Aug '10 Spotlight: Todd Solondz’ new film Life During Wartime opens August 6 at the Music Box Theatre on Southport. Solondz is an “edgy” filmmaker, and I found his first three films rewarding, but this time my reaction is … Continue reading

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Royal Pains

Nothing Succeeds Like Success: A new series which stars actor Mark Feuerstein as a Manhattan physician holds the promise of "Jewish content," but in year one Jewish references never surfaced, & the character's name "Hank Lawson" left room for doubt.  But Baruch … Continue reading

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