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Why Directors Are Writing Novels Instead of Making Movies

Are David Cronenberg, Ethan Coen, and others honing their artistic vision through fiction, or just more free to be gross there?

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The Not-So-Great ‘Dictator’

In his Arab-despot farce, Sacha Baron Cohen tries too hard to get under the skin of Arabs, Jews, and Americans

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Sundown: Chaplin the Jew?

Plus Sarachek’s successor at Yeshiva U, and more

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Great Dictator

In China, Hitler is a subject of endless fascination and represents many meanings, not all of them bad.

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Sundown: Syrian Rage

Plus, remember to remember, ‘The Great Dictator,’ and more

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Reel Deal

Yosef Shiloach, who died Monday, was Israel’s greatest comic actor, but his films helped the country grapple with its most serious issues