Tag Archives: Eliana M. Levenson

KEEP QUIET

Directors Sam Blair and Joseph Martin masterfully depict the three year journey of former far-right Hungarian extremist, Csanad Szegedi, as he attempts to reconcile his anti-Semitic past with the discovery that he is not only Jewish, but the grandson of … Continue reading

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BOY 23

An untold story of WW2, Belisario Franca’s Boy 23 tells the forgotten history of Brazil’s support of Nazism and the horrifying account of one boy’s experience with the racist experiments performed by Nazi sympathizers there. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 … Continue reading

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ON THE MAP

Dani Menkin’s On the Map has all the drama and emotion of the classic sports movie, with the added benefit of the real life accounts of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s struggle to achieve basketball greatness in winning the 1977 European Cup. … Continue reading

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STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE

Artistry takes priority over substance in Maria Schrader’s biographical film, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, which follows the life of Austrian-Jewish author Stefan Zweig during his exile from Europe during World War II. (EML: 3/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. … Continue reading

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FINDING BABEL

Triggered by the death of his grandmother, Andre Malaev Babel follows the trail left behind in the unfinished writings and diary notes of his late grandfather, the acclaimed Soviet writer, Isaac Babel, who was executed by the government for supposedly … Continue reading

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IS THAT YOU? (2014)

Dani Menkin’s spin on the traditional road trip movie, Is That You? delivers a poignant bittersweet quality as a man searches far and wide for his long lost sweetheart. In the vein of An Affair to Remember, Menkin’s film captures … Continue reading

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DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR

Using predominately still photos, voiceover, and talking heads style interviews, Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky's documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War retells of the Sharps' heroism as they sought to help Jews flee Eastern Europe prior to World War II. … Continue reading

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THREE DAYS IN AUSCHWITZ

Now, less than a century since the Holocaust, already the memory has seemed to fade, dimming for those who only hear about it as part of a broader history lesson. In Three Days in Auschwitz, writer/director Philippe Mora attempts to … Continue reading

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A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS (EML)

Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness explores the psychological toll on those who find life to fall short of their expectations. Utilizing language, location and raw emotional acting performances, Portman creates an atmosphere as much as … Continue reading

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INDIGNATION (2016)

Based on the novel by Philip Roth, Indignation explores the complexities of a young man’s coming of age journey as he attempts to reconcile his place in the world. Despite glimpses of our protagonist challenging the establishment, the film falls … Continue reading

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