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Samplings from the New York Jewish Film Festival

by Mitchell Abidor   THE ALWAYS INTERESTING New York Jewish Film Festival will be running from January 10 to January 23 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Information on screenings can be found at nyjff.org. What follows is just a sample of the riches on view. The Romanian director Radu Jude is one of the […]

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Sydney Pollack

Movie director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack, whose star-packed films included Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Way We Were, Absence of Malice, Three Days of the Condor, and They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, was born to immigrant parents in Lafayette, Indiana on this date in 1934. Pollack learned the directing trade through television work on “Ben […]

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October 4: Walking on the Moon with Liev Schreiber

Actor Liev Schreiber, who has moved in recent years from independent film work to mainstream Hollywood movies, was born in San Francisco on this date in 1967. His Jewish mother, in his words, a “far-out Socialist Labor Party hippie bohemian freak who hung out with William Burroughs,” raised him in flight from his father and […]

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May 9: Fay Kanin and the Motion Picture Academy

Four-time president of the Motion Picture Academy (and the only woman out of 35 presidents besides Bette Davis, who served for less than one month, and the current president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs), Fay Kanin was born in New York on this date in 1917. Working both with her husband, Michael Kanin, and independently, she had […]

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