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Emporte-Moi

TITLE: Emporte-Moi
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Lea Pool
COUNTRY: Canada/Switzerland/France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME: 94 minutes in 35mm
SOURCE: Cite Amerique International, 5800 Blvd St Laurent, Montreal Quebec h2t 1t3, Canada, Email: phebert@mlink.net Tel: 33-1-41-41-14-66
TEXT: Hannah (Karine Vanasse) is a 13 year old charming young girl starved for affection. She resides in the Mile End section of Montreal and is the duaghter of a never do well Jewish poet (Miki Manojiovic) and a Catholic mother. Her classmates at Catholic school see her as an outsider and her parents' marriage is on the rocks. But then, in 1963, she finds a role model. It is Anna Karina in the role of Nana in Godard's film,
Vivre Se Vie (A story in 12 chapters about a young woman who leaves her husband and child, turns to casual prostitution, meets a pimp who makes her a professional, and then tries to quit when she falls in love) Hannah goes to the theater often and befriends Laura, an adventurous girl from the better side of Montreal. Hannah awkwardly stumbles toward womanhood.

Inside Out

TITLE: Inside Out
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Neal Sundstrom
COUNTRY: South Africa
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 104 in 35mm
SOURCE: ame film, 111 central street, houghton 2198, South Africa Tel: 27-11-483-2006 fax: 27-11-483-2037
TEXT: This is a South African version of
"Waiting for Guffman" It features comedian Gilda Blacher as Hazel Levin, a young J-burg Jewish comedian who gets stranded in a small conservative town where she is placed in charge of the Xmas nativity pageant. While Hazel is welcomed by some in this quirky town, and she even begins a love affair with a Boer farmer, others are suspicious of her becuase she is Jewish and she wants to include blacks in the pageant. Filmed on location in Mpumlanga Province.

The Giraffe

TITLE: The Giraffe
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Dani Levy
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: English and German with English ST
TIME: 107
SOURCE: bavaria film international bavariafilmplatz 8, geiselgasteig 82031 Germany. Tel: 49 89 64 99 26 86 fax: 49 89 64 99 37 20
TEXT: From the makers of Run Lola Run, comes a thriller. There is an attack against a Jewish owned factory and its makes headlines around the world. Is it resurgent neo Nazism? On a television news broadcast in New York, David Fisher's mother sees the owner of the factory. Could it be her lost father? David hires Charles Kaminsky (David Straithaim) to investigate. Then a horrible crime brongs David and Lena Katz (the daughter of the factory owner) together, the stage is set for some very distrubring revelations. Co stars Maria Schrader.

There Once Was A Town

TITLE: There Once Was A Town
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Jeff Bieber
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 video
SOURCE: WETA, 2775 south quincy street Arlington VA 22206. Email at Jbeiber@weta.org Tel: 703 998-8600
TEXT: Documentary based on the book of the same name by Yaffa Eliach, about the town of Eishyshok. Zwi Michael is on a quest to find the young Christian farm girl who saved his life. Reuvan Paikowsky is searching for his father's grave. Abe Asner is looking for the Torah he hid. Yaffa Eliach, creater of the Tower of Life at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC, is surching for her mother's murderers who shot her after the war had ended. Narrated by Ed Asner.

Genesis

TITLE: Genesis (Mali)
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
COUNTRY: Mali / France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 102 in 35mm
SOURCE: kino international 16 west 61st street, new york, ny 10023, 212-629-6880
TEXT: The critics loved it at Cannes 1999. A stirring interpretation of Bereshit Chapters 23 thru 37. With an all African cast, including Salif Keita, the pop singer, as Esau, who opens the film plotting revenge against Yakov.

The Fuhrer Gives A City To The Jews

TITLE: The Fuhrer Gives A City To The Jews
YEAR: 1944
DIR/PROD: Nazi Ministry of Propaganda
COUNTRY: Nazi Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 23 minutes in 16 mm
SOURCE: National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University. http://www.brandeis.edu/jewishfilm
TEXT: Kurt Gerron directed this film for the Nazi Propaganda office. He reconstructed parts of a phony documentary that was staged at Theresienstadt. Every scene is fake. Almost everyone who appears in the film was deported and executed after the film was completed. 33,430 Jews died at Theresienstadt and the remaining 87,000 were deported to death camps in the East.

The Happiest Place on Earth

TITLE: The Happiest Place on Earth
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Marcel Bluwal
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 120 in 35mm
SOURCE: September Productions, Paris France Telephone: 33 1 40 36 09 08, Fax: 33 1 40 36 07 29
TEXT: Based on the true story of an actual film production that was begun under the collaborative Vichy government of French Nazis. A Fascist offical pressures Vignault and Couperin to make a documentary about Mermoz, the famous French aviator, into a feature film. But then they are called by the Vichy Bureau of Jewish Affairs and told to remove some actors from the production, including Antoine de St. Exupery since he is a Jew-lover (author of The Little Prince). The making a the film becomes a farce as the menace grows. The film includes a script by Jean Claude Grumberg (co-writer of Truffaut's The Last Metro)

I'm Alive and I Love You

TITLE: I'm Alive and I Love You
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Roger Kahane
COUNTRY: France / Belgium / Hungary
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 95 minutes in 35mm
SOURCE: France Television Blvd Victor 1, Paris 75015 France. Tel: 33 1 44 25 01 01 fax; 33 1 56 22 32 97 OR Gabriel Auer/ Paul Saadoun Forum Films 26 rue du Cdt. Mouchotte Paris 75014 France phone: 01 43 21 30 38 fax: 01 43 20 04 57 Email: forum.films@wanadoo.fr
TEXT: In Nazi occupied Vichy France, Julien, a French railroad worker, finds a scrap of paper under the carriage of a boxcar used to deport Jews to death camps. It says "I'm alive and I love you." Julien follows the address on the paper and finds the elderly parents of Sarah, the note's author. He also finds her 4 year old son, Theibaut. Julien is not a member of the resistance, but finds himself feeling responsible for the family. He returns again, and finds the grandparents gone and the child alone. He takes the boy. A story of moral responsibility and love during wartime. Jérôme Deschamps gives a quietly remarkable performance as the railway worker who-through his growing attachment to the little boy-becomes involved with the French Resistance. A gentle, heartwarming film, I'm Alive and I Love You is based on a true story.

Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street

TITLE: Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Nina Rosenblum
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 60
SOURCE: daedalus, 15 west 70th street, ny, ny 10023. Tel 212-580-7040
TEXT: A documentary by the daughter of Walter Rosenblum, a famed photographer. Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he studied photography with Lewis Hine and Paul Strand, and is famous for his photos of the D-Day landing, which he took while under enemy fire. When one of his moving film photograhers was kiled, he took over that responsibility and filmed the liberation of Dachau.

Man on the Moon

TITLE: Man on the Moon
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Milos Forman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Universal Home Video
TEXT: Bio pic of late comedian Andy Kaufman, popular for his television role as Latka on "Taxi." To some, he is a transitional figure from the old style Jewish stand up Catskills comedians -- to performance art -- to the television sitcom stars of Paul Reiser and Jerry Seinfeld. Kaufman never employed a punch line, and the one time he appeared in stand up at Kutschers in the Catskills, the audience became violent. The film, often hilarious and touching, follows Kaufman's life and big break and career of unconventional comedy and his esire to fail. He reportedly died of lung cancer in 1984. The entertaining, poignant, well crafted film features a knockout lead performance by Jim Carrey. Note to file: Kaufman, born in 1949, grew up on Long Island, the son of a costume jewelry salesman, and the grandson of a vaudevillian. After an adolescence filled with drugs, Mighty Mouse, Elvis, Howdy Doody, a pregnant girlfriend, TM, sex, and more sex, and drink, he worked comedy clubs with anti-comic routines, and appeared on the first broadcast of SNL in 1975. Not in the film ---> showing up to his family's seders each year dressed as Elijah, his routine of singing "MacArthur Park" in Yiddish, the routines of his relatives that he loved, the way he would call the National Enquirer with invented scandals about himself, and the psychic motivations behind his quest to perform, shock, and figure out his destiny. Click here to:
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Mister Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

TITLE: Mister Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Errol Morris
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 60
SOURCE: in release, Film Forum in NYC
TEXT: a documentray by errol Morris which lets Leuchter speakfor himself. Leuchter, a designer of technology used to execute prisoners (gas chambers, lethal injection systems) is the toast of neo nazis and Shoah Holocaust deniers when he wrote a white paper saying that gas chambers did not exist at Auschwitz, Majdanek, or Birkenau because he tested a brick and didnt find cyanide residue in 1988. The documentary tracks Leuchter's fall both personally and professionally after he published his paper in defense of a convicted Canadian neo Nazi. It includes interviews with scholars he debunk Leuchter's claim's, including Robert Jan Van Pelt, a specialist in Nazi architecture, who confirms that 500,000 were killed in Crematorium Number 2; and James Roth, a chemical analyst.

King of the Jews

TITLE: King of the Jews (short)
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Jay Rosenblatt
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 18 in b/w
SOURCE: Screened at Sundance January 2000
TEXT: Icons and ideas of Judaism and Christianity are filtered through the bewildered eyes of a child.

Paragraph 175

TITLE: Paragraph 175
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 81
SOURCE: Screened at Sundance January 2000
TEXT: Narrated by Rupert Everett. Lisa Viola writes, " From the directing team that created The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175 interviews the few surviving homosexuals who endured unspeakable horrors under the Nazi regime. Through the testimonies of these men and woman, an untold chapter of the Holocaust unfolds. It is extremely painful for these survivors to recall what they went through, and their expressive silences speak volumes. The film follows Klaus Muller, a determined historian, who is gathering documentation for the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Unlike other persecuted groups, gays have never received any public acknowledgment from the German government or any other authorities. Time is running out as only ten known survivors remain. The film is a delicate mix of seamlessly melded personal testimony and historical footage. The survivors' stories are contrasted with prewar Berlin's casual stance on gay lifestyles, where men and women were free to express themselves. Prior to the war, the archaic Paragraph 175, a law against homosexuality, was strongly opposed by prominent gay Berliners. When the Nazis came to power, they clamped down until men could be arrested for a simple glance or touch. When a high-ranking official in Hitler's party, a known homosexual, was removed and killed, everything changed. Paragraph 175 differs from other Holocaust documentaries because of the historical perspective of this particular minority. The film serves as a symbol of the way gays are viewed worldwide, historically and in modern times. This evocative film brilliantly illustrates the remarkable resilience of the human spirit." Notes to file: Of the 15,000 imprisoned, only 12 survive. Among them is Gad Beck, a Jewish resistance fighter, who recounts how he dressed as a Hitler Youth at age 18, to rescue his lover from the Gestapo. One man, who spent over eight years in death camps, never told anyone about his internment until he was interviewed in this film.

Simon Magus

TITLE: Simon Magus
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Ben Hopkins / Robert Jones
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 105
SOURCE: Screened at Sundance January 2000. G2 Films, 10 Stephen Mews, GB-London W1P 1PP, Tel.: 171-333 88 77 Fax: 171-333 88 78
TEXT: Sundance's Geoffrey Gilmore writes, One doesn't often see films with the tantalizing magical aura of Simon Magus, but that's because directors with the creativity and intelligence of Ben Hopkins don't emerge too often. This incredibly rich and demanding debut by one of Britain's truly promising young talents recreates 'a tale from a vanished world.' An almost-medieval Jewish village, set somewhere in central Europe during the nineteenth century, is facing a crisis of modernization. The Talmudic community is faltering, bypassed by the outside world, and even lacks the ten men necessary for a religious quorum. Simon, dirty, disheveled, and perhaps somewhat mad, is the object of most of the villagers' taunts and derision. The newly constructed railway is coming, however, and the leading merchant, Hase, is ruthlessly determined to control the town's future by assuming proprietorship of the train station. At the same time, Dovid, a young religious scholar, sees the railway as the salvation of a community on the edge of oblivion. And the aristocratic Squire, who holds the key to the future, disdains commerce and has real passion only for poetry and the transformative power of intellectual inquiry and art. Add romance, the machinations of the devil, betrayal, and sectarian strife, and Hopkins has fashioned a wonderfully fantastic fable that blends love and enlightenment, social disharmony and the tormented soul of the forsaken. Displaying superb craft in handling a complex and ambitious narrative, Ben Hopkins announces his arrival as a filmmaker to be reckoned with, and Simon Magus is a film of impressive scope and imagination.

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob / Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob / Le folli avventure di Rabbi Jacob / Die Abenteuer des Rabbi Jacob

TITLE: The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob / Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob
YEAR: 1973
DIR/PROD: Gerard Oury
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French !!
TIME: 95 minutes
SOURCE: Don't email, cuz this is all the info I have. If I learn more, I will update this page.
First of all,
the movie is available on video in French with NO SUBTITLES from http://francevision.com/defunes.htm
or from Version Française, 4822 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 Phone: 1-800-835-7537 (US only)

The Video WITH English subtitles does NOT exist yet


TEXT: Starring Marcel Dalio, Miou-Miou, and Suzy Delair. A wild and crazy French comedy (you know that they love Jerry Lewis, no?) A man must disguise himself as a New York rabbi to avoid detection. A catchall comedy that pokes fun at virtually every human and social foible, and does it with total abandon. Writer/director Gerard Oury lampoons bigotry, Arab nationalism, gangsters, the police, and a lot of little conventions only the French would notice--but for a wild slapstick comedy like this to work, it needs something this film doesn't have.
RABBI JACOB quitte New-York pour assister à Paris à la communion de son petit-neveu. Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), riche industriel, se rend au mariage de sa fille. Par un concours de circonstances, les deux personnages se trouvent irrésistiblement entraînés dans des aventures rocambolesques..
Der Unternehmer Victor Pivert (Louis de Funes) ist ein richtiges Ekelpaket. Nicht nur, dass er seine Familie nach allen Regeln der Kunst tyrannisiert, er schreckt auch vor keinem rassistischen Spruch zurück Das ist auch der Grund, warum er jetzt ein Killerkommando aus Nahost auf den Fersen hat. Die haben sowohl ihn als auch den arabischen Politiker Slimane (Claude Giraud) auf ihrer Todesliste. Zur (Fast--)Katastrophe kommt es, als Pivert seinem Chauffeur so zusetzt, dass der ihn auf offener Straße aussetzt. Nun hat er Probleme, zur Hochzeit seiner Tochter nach Paris zu kommen und fällt schließlich fast besagten Terroristen in die Hände. Er hat schließlich nur noch eine Fluchtmöglichkeit: In eine jüdische Kutte gehüllt wird er zum Rabbi Jacob - und muss der jüdischen Gemeinde von Paris Rede und Antwort stehen... "Die Abenteuer des Rabbi Jacob" ist ein streckenweise turbulent-unterhaltsamer Spaß mit einem wie immer überdrehten Louis de Funes. Leider ist das Drehbuch so konventionell angelegt, dass sich gegen Ende auch an den Grimassen de Funes Abnutzungserscheinungen nicht mehr übersehen lassen.

Genocide - 1981

TITLE: Genocide
YEAR: 1981
DIR/PROD: Arnold Schwartzman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles
TEXT: narrated by Orson welles and elizabeth taylor. Received Oscar in 1982 in Documentary category. Riveting feature-length documentary by Holocaust scholar Schwartzman examines Hitler's efforts to destroy European Jewry. This Academy Award-winner will haunt and inform those studying anti-Semitism and Nazi procedures.

A Storm in Summer

TITLE: A Storm in Summer
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Robert Wise / Renee Valente
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: Showtime Original Pictures
TEXT: based on a Rod Serling screenplay. Cast includes (Abel Shaddick) Peter Falk; (Herman Washington) Aaron Meeks; (Gloria Ross) Nastassja Kinski; (Stanley Banner) Andrew McCarthy, and (Grandmother)Ruby Dee. According to Variety, "This marks the 40th film directed by Robert Wise, but in its flat rendering and obvious sentiments, pic is hardly a worthy addition to one of Hollywood's most distinguished careers." Recalling both Scrooge and "The Pawnbroker," grumpy deli owner Abel "Abe" Shaddick (Peter Falk) seems to have it in for nearly everybody in the upstate New York town of Fairview in 1969, especially his lazy, would-be playboy nephew, Stanley (Andrew McCarthy), whom Abe barely tolerates as a roomie in quarters behind the deli. Without informing Abe, Stanley agrees to house a needy city kid for the summer as part of a charity program steered by country-clubbing Gloria (Nastassja Kinski, in a weak perf with an uneven American accent). Despite Gloria's pleadings, Abe flatly rejects any unexpected guests - but the boy in question, little Herman Washington (Aaron Meeks) from Harlem, is already on his way upstate. Strained, uninspired setup creates serious impediments to viewer involvement, especially because it's more than obvious that this is all leading to a communion between opposites in crusty old Jewish Abe and chip-on-the-shoulder black kid Herman.Pair eventually bond through fishing and their respective war heroes - for Abe, son Benjy, killed in WWII (whose photo the old man constantly talks to); for Herman, bro Bill, now fighting in Vietnam. Weak bits of comedy (Falk falling into lake while fishing) are followed by ineffective confrontations (biker thugs taunting the pair; a snobby country club woman receiving Abe's and Gloria's just insults.

Whats Cooking

TITLE: Whats Cooking
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Gurinder Chadha / Jeffrey Taylor
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 109
SOURCE: screened at Sundance 2000
TEXT: A valentine to the cultural diversity that defines Los Angeles as a new kind of city, Gurinder Chadha's "What's Cooking?" (remember her from Bhaji on the Beach (UK)) is a broad, highly accessible comedy that juxtaposes four dynamic families - black, Latino, Jewish and Asian - residing on the same street. Though often enjoyable, it's an old-fashioned, feel-good movie whose significance is more sociological than cinematic. In its lack of subtlety, this colorful mosaic set during Thanksgiving is only a notch above a Lifetime telepic, but a terrific ensemble elevates the proceedings. The film will appeal strongly to femme auds and may do small numbers theatrically, while a brighter future awaits on cable and video. With Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert; Mercedes Ruehl; Lainie Kazan; Maury Chaykin; Kyra Sedgwick; Julianna Margulies; and Estelle Harris to name a few.

KIPPUR

TITLE: KIPPUR
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Amos Gitai / Shuki Freidman, Michel Propper
COUNTRY: Israel / France / Italy
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 117
SOURCE: KINO INTERNATIONAL USA NYC. 212-629 6880. OR Israel Film Service, or PRÉSIDENT FILMS - 2, rue Lord Byron - 75008 Paris - France - Tél. : 01 45 62 82 22 - Fax : 01 45 63 40 56
TEXT: In competition at Cannes, May 2000. NYFF. Released in USA November 2000. An anti war movie made with the cooperation of the IDF, based on a Golan tank battle and helicopter crash during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Filmed in a recreation of the Valley of Tears, an area North of Nafah in the Golan Heights in January 2000. Based on the experiences of Amos Gitai (Weinraub), who in 1973, at age 22, was an Architecture student in Haifa. He drove up to the Golan on Yom Kippur, 1973, and joined a helicopter medical rescue unit when he was unable to find his own unit. "I hurried to go to war! We were so impatient. My war lasted for five days, 120 hours of blood and tears, chaos and pain, on the Golan Hieghts. Something went wrong. So many wounded and dead. That's the war I'm telling you about now." On October 11, Mr Gitai's 23rd birthday, his rescue unit flew East to rescue a downed pilot in Syrian territory when a missile hit the rescue helicopter. The co-pilot was killed, the engineer was wounded and fatally fell into the engine, Gitai was shot was bleeding from his back, the wounded pilot, crashed the copter into Israeli territory, where Gitai just watched the surreal events, and another soldier tried to run on what remained of his legs. (Of course not all this appears in the film) Note to file: $5 million in financing. Stars Liron LEVO (Weinraub); Tomer RUSO (Ruso); Uri Ran KLAUZNER (Doctor); Yoram HATTAB (Yoram - Pilot); Guy AMIR (Gadassi); and Juliano MERR (Officer) . Filmed with AGAV HAFAKOT - 37 Rachi Street - Tel-Aviv 63 265 - Israël - Tél/ Fax : (3) 52 55 971. Official synopsis: October 6, 1973 is a special day: everything is quiet in Israel. It's Yom Kippur. The war breaks out. Weinraub and his friend Ruso drive with all speed into the Golan heights looking for the unit in which they did their military service. After searching for it in vain, they decide, in the midst of this chaotic atmosphere, to join an Air Force first-aid team. They're immediately sent on a mission. Their team flies constant missions by helicopter to and from the Golan. Their task is to evacuate the dead and the wounded. The excitement and enthusiasm of the first moments is soon replaced by revulsion and exhaustion. At the air base and on their missions, these men develop intimate and cohesive relationships. On October 10, they are sent on a mission into Syrian territory. Their helicopter is hit by a missile, and crashes.
Official Cannes variety Review included (SPOILERS SPOILERS): Amos Gitai's autobiographical, virtually PLOTLESS depiction of the experiences of a small medical unit on the front-line during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Early scenes in no way prepare the viewer for the extraordinary realism of the battlefront material, which is stunningly staged by Gitai and his team. Outside Israel, marketing this grim, bloody vision of war could be a tough proposition, and critical support will be essential. Strong ancillary action is indicated. Gitai was just 23 when the surprise invasion took place, and he experienced firsthand the events depicted in the film, in which he is represented by a character named Weinraub (Liron Levo). When news of the attack breaks on that fateful Day of Atonement, Weinraub, a tousle-haired intellectual who espouses the philosophies of Marcuse and derides materialism (he refuses to buy a new car, but drives a battered Fiat), and his redheaded buddy Ruso (Tomer Ruso) are in the quiet, deserted city. In Weinraub's car, they drive frantically to the Golan Heights to join Egoz, the special unit to which they've been conscripted. But all is chaos, the roads are blocked and their unit is nowhere to be found. They meet Dr. Klauzner (Uri Ran Klauzner), whose car has broken down, and give him a lift to an air force base where they decide to join an improvised rescue team in choppers on a mission to the front-line to bring medical help to the wounded. Rest of the film vividly depicts two major rescue missions. The first is relatively straightforward, with medics evacuating the wounded from a shattered frontier post. The second episode quickly develops into a nightmare. Rain has turned the front line into a quagmire, and, in a quite extraordinary sequence, the medical team struggles in mud to carry an amputee on a stretcher, slipping and sliding, dropping the patient into the mud, retrieving him, trying again and, eventually, admitting defeat. An even more extraordinary sequence follows, as they head for base in the chopper and are lulled into a false sense of security, looking down on the muddy landscape scattered with tanks. The camera is placed inside the chopper, and affords a restricted vision, so when the aircraft is hit by a shell, which explodes with a deafening crash, kills the co-pilot and wounds several other members of the team, it's a tremendous shock to the viewer. And the camera still shows only the inside of the helicopter, with its dazed and dying occupants, as the machine crash-lands. Few sequences in the long history of war films have placed the viewer so directly in the middle of the carnage. There follows another fine scene as an overworked but very calm doctor (Pini Mittleman) assesses the wounded and assigns them to various assistants for medical attention. In the aftermath of the previous sequence, this hospital scene comes as a refreshing indication that order and healing still can be found in the midst of pain and horror. Gitai deliberately avoids any back stories. We know virtually nothing about these characters, except that Ruso's family is Milanese. The film's one, quite serious, miscalculation is a bookended sequence in which Weinraub and his girlfriend (Liat Glick Levo) cling naked together and daub their bodies with vividly colored paints. Apart from these scenes, which have no bearing on the film itself and which could easily be excised, the film's confrontational realism feels exactly right. At a time of national crisis and confusion, personalities take second place to the job at hand and these medics, heroes in a way but also just ordinary people trying to cope in impossible conditions, are all too real. Just as he declines to tell a conventional narrative, Gitai provides the uninitiated viewer with no information about the politics of the situation, the reason for the attack or its repercussions.
ANOTHER NOTE FROM JEWISHFILM.COM about the film. In the opening and closing "pain sequences" please note that the colors of blue and white, followed by Arab colors, which mix into a greenish fatigue color or muddy color. Make Love not war? Also note that Gitai worked with Sam Fuller, and makes ample ample ample use of the realistic style and long shot style. War can be boring, it can be terrifying
Stars Liron Levy, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yoram Hattab, Guy Amir, and Juliano Mer

Obsessed with Jews

TITLE: Obsessed With Jews
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jeff Krulik
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 10 minute video
SOURCE: Screened at Ny Underground Film Fest, March 11, 2000
TEXT: Documentary. Meet suburban DC accountant Neil Keller, who has amassed a remarkable collection of over 7000 trading cards, photographs, matchbook covers, pins and autographs of prominent Jewish people. Starting with a single baseball card of Sandy Koufax, bought at a flea market in 1991, Neil started tracking down Jews in entertainment, politics, science, and most of all, Jews in sports. Neil shows us his collection, and tells how he methodically catalogs the accomplishments, and documents the geneaology of every famous Jew on Earth."

Wonderboys

TITLE: Wonderboys
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Curtis Hanson
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: Paramount
TEXT: Based on a novel by Michael Chabon (Model World, Mysteries of Pittsburgh). A wonder boy is someone who's had great success early in life and then has to face the fear and insecurity of forever living up to himself. This is not a Jewish film. I am listing it because a portion of the novel, (which did not make it into the film) concerns the family of Grady Tripp's wife, who has left him. The book (not the film) contains one of the funniest seder scenes, in which Grady takes his student, James Leer, to his in-law's seder, where Leer asks the four questions. Tripp's father-in-law and mother-in-law are suburban Pittsburgh Jews who lost their only natural son when he was the age of James Leer, and they adopted three Korean children, one of whom is Grady's estranged wife.

Boiler Room

TITLE: Boiler Room
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Ben Younger / Team Todd (Suzanne and Jennifer)
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: New Line Cinema
TEXT: Seth Davis has no Ivy League education or a Silicon Valley Connection; he runs an illegal casino. He needs a job, respectability, and his father's approval. He joins a boiler room, where money is fast, morals do not exist. Scams are the name of the game. Will the "jewboy" lose his soul? Will he gain his father's (a Judge) acceptance, love, and respect?

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