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Conductor Marin Alsop at a workshop at Southbank Centre in London. (Belinda Lawley)
Photo courtesy of Cargo Film and Releasing

Marin Alsop leads the way in uplifting documentary ‘The Conductor’

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light March 2, 2022

Joyful is a good word for Bernadette Wegenstein’s delightful, inspiring biographical documentary “The Conductor,” about Marin Alsop, the first woman conductor of a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It is still an exceedingly...

Doval’e Glickman as Yehuda and Shlomo Bar-Aba as Dov in the Israeli comedy Greener Pastures. Courtesy of Israeli Films

Rebellious retiree not ready to be put out to pasture in Israeli comedy

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light February 22, 2022

In the delightfully funny Israeli comedy "Greener Pastures," a retiree named Dov (Shlomo Bar-Aba) feels like he has been put out to pasture, and not a greener one. The widower grandpa in his 70s is dismayed that his daughter, who lives out of town, has...

At left, Maria Karnilova, Tanya Everett, Zero Mostel, Julia Migenes and Joanna Merlin are shown backstage on the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof on Sept. 22, 1964. Above, the Imperial Theater in 1964. Photo: Associated Press/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films

Documentary explores the miracle that created ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light September 6, 2019

The delightful documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”  actually begins with a fiddler on a roof, but not the one we expect to see. A violinist in a tuxedo, seated on a New York rooftop garden, plays the familiar opening tune from the beloved...

Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi star in ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.’ Photo: Niko Tavernise, Sony Pictures Classics

N.Y.C., Israeli cultures clash in story of ‘Norman’ the fixer

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2017

In “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” Richard Gere stars as Norman Oppenheimer, an aging New York deal-maker, or fixer, who is clearly past whatever glory days he may have had. A chance encounter with a low-level Israeli...

A scene from ‘Midnight Orchestra.’ Photo: Stefano Berca

‘Midnight Orchestra’ harmonizes disparate themes

By Larry Levin, Publisher/CEO June 2, 2016

For those old enough (or curious enough) to have watched the classic ’70s “Saturday Night Live” sketch about Shimmer — “it’s a floor wax and a dessert topping!” — you’ll find no surprise in how the sweet “Midnight Orchestra” can...

Christopher Plummer (left) and Martin Landau star in REMEMBER. ©A24 Films.

Shoah survivors plot revenge on Nazi killer in tense thriller

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light June 2, 2016

In director Atom Egoyan’s thriller “Remember,” Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer play Max and Zev respectively, two Shoah survivors now living in a New York retirement home. When Zev’s beloved wife dies, Max tells Zev he must now fulfill...

Yitzhak Rabin

Documentary mines archives to let Rabin narrate his life story

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 2, 2016

The tremendous significance of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was brave on the battlefield and at the negotiating table, is vividly evident in the compelling documentary, “Rabin in His Own Words,” directed by Erez Laufer.Despite...

Real-life couple Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg star in ‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong.’

‘Already Tomorrow’ stars St. Louis native

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light June 2, 2016

The romantic comedy “Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong” follows a young couple as they walk and talk around a colorful, night-time Hong Kong. Well, not exactly a couple, because at the start of the film they have just met.St. Louis native Bryan Greenberg...

‘Weiner’ looks at the 2013 mayoral campaign of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

‘Weiner’ is a study of political self-destruction

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light May 26, 2016

“Weiner” is an involving political documentary about former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s ninth district for seven terms until his career ended in scandal in 2011 when he was caught sexting and posting a link to suggestive...

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