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Roman Polanski’s Dreyfus

Why the filmmaker’s depiction of early-20th-century anti-Semitism in ‘J’accuse’ is, with reservations, ‘important and beautiful’

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The Godfather

How the mafia film came to supplant the Hollywood Western as Oval Office favorite and symbol of American power

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Rebel Youth on the Edge in Israel

Nimrod Eldar’s sophisticated, visually dextrous family drama ‘The Day After I’m Gone’ explores the age of ungratefulness

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Hitler’s Rabbit

Taika Waititi’s new film is a masterpiece

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The Marx Brothers in ‘Hello, Dalí’

An unrealized surrealist film project known as ‘Giraffes on Horseback Salad’ is rendered in comix, the latest of a century of Talmudic riffs on the disruptive vaudevillian outsiders

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When Hollywood Fought Nazis

A new restoration of the 1940 dramatic thriller ‘The Mortal Storm’ reminds us of a rare era of studio political engagement, and the American isolationism and proto-communism that made it unpopular

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The Rootless Cosmopolitan Who Mocked Totalitarian Consciousness

What the late Yugoslav filmmaker Dušan Makavejev contributed to Greenwich Village’s life-affirming anti-authoritarian counterculture

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A Golden Bear for Israel

The protagonist of ‘Synonyms’ refuses to speak Hebrew. Is that why director Nadav Lapid snagged the Jewish state’s first top prize in nearly 70 years of the Berlin Film Festival?

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Hitler at the Garden

Eighty years ago tonight, thousands of Americans gathered in New York to rally behind the Nazi Party and its ideals. An Oscar-nominated short documentary retrieves footage of the event, but leaves out the context that gives it meaning.

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The ‘DAU’ of Stalin Opens in Paris

Is the post-Soviet filmmaker behind a massive art-world happening an actual genius or an epic fraudster?

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The Charlie Chaplin of Jewish Death

Géza Röhrig talks about his life-affirming fascination with death, his new film ‘To Dust,’ and why he wore a kippah to press events surrounding his breakout performance in the Oscar-winning ‘Son of Saul’

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Jewish Horror

Judaism offers the same baroque supernatural possibilities that Christianity does. So why is it rarely a universal source for genre filmmakers? And what does it say about human evil?

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Walking the Walk

Ep. 164: Jesse Eisenberg and the team behind the new documentary ‘The World Before Your Feet,’ plus ‘New York Times’ ISIS reporter Rukmini Callimachi, host of the Caliphate podcast

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A Very Jewish Christmas

Ep. 162: Def Jam alum Bill Adler on his annual Christmas playlist, and ‘Die Hard’ screenwriter Steven de Souza on why the Bruce Willis classic is the ultimate Christmas movie

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The Esthers: Top 10 Jewish Films of 2018

World War II, the Cold War, American racism, Polish introspection, and Jerry Lewis

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Jewish Pioneers Return to Poland

A new exhibit of works by the activist-artist Yael Bartana at the Philadelphia Museum of Art stars her video trilogy ‘And Europe Will Be Stunned.’ Was it a glimpse of a neo-Zionist utopian future, or a relic of a disappearing past?

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In the New ‘Halloween,’ a Parable About Jewish Survival

Be prepared, believe in evil, and carry a big gun

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The Banality of the Eichmann Trial

How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film

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Texting With Barney Miller

Ep. 152: ‘Barney Miller’ star Hal Linden and Nickelodeon alum Ryan Ochoa, co-star in the intergenerational new film ‘The Samuel Project’

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The Riches of Jewish Film in Venice

At the 75th festival—with new works by the Coen brothers, Julian Schnabel, Errol Morris, Orson Welles, and ‘Son of Saul’ director László Nemes, and period dramas starring Rachel Weisz and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Israeli films—‘the horror of the world lies behind infinitely pretty things’

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Operation Unorthodox

Ep. 148: ‘Operation Finale’ actor Nick Kroll and director Chris Weitz on bringing the Eichmann capture to the big screen

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Eichmann in Full

Chris Weitz’s new ‘Operation Finale’ elegantly escapes turning into another dreary film that’s too embalmed in reverence to deal with real emotions

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Israel’s ‘Maktub’ Is the Best Theological Comedy on Netflix Right Now

Imagine a hybrid of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and you’ve got this delightful film

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Howard Rosenman Says F*ck You

What’s it like to be a Gay Right-Wing Zionist Liberal Oscar-Winning producer in Hollywood these days?

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Shlock vs. Shock at Harvey Weinstein’s Old Hunting Grounds: A Last Dispatch From Cannes

Godard gets stiffed. Ukrainian gets punched. Spike Lee’s KKK Disneyland. And more from the Croisette.

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning

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Fake News From Cannes

Sergei Loznitsa’s dark, formalist ‘Donbass,’ set in the occupied eastern region of Ukraine, is a harrowing and sophisticated fictionalized account of the reach of Putin’s Russia

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The 1968 Forced Exodus of Polish Jewry on Film

May Day: How Polish filmakers documented and interpreted the ‘March Emigration,’ an ‘anti-Zionist’ purge in communist Warsaw 50 years ago

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Hitler’s Hollywood

A new German documentary makes an ‘audacious act of archival retrieval’ to bring to light the cinematic propaganda that fueled the rise of the Third Reich

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