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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

This years Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

This year’s Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 31, 2021

This is the Jewish Film Festival’s 26th year, but its first without Zelda Sparks, who retired as director of cultural arts at the Jewish Community Center. Sparks helped start the festival and steered it for 25 years, and this year’s festival is...

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A 1998 Spielberg-produced Holocaust documentary will be streamed on Netflix

Shira Hanau April 23, 2021

(JTA) — An Oscar-winning documentary about the experience of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust that was produced by Steven Spielberg will be made available for streaming on Netflix. “The Last Days” will be remastered from the original 35 mm...

The Color of Money

Looking back at the Jewish Oscar sweep of 1986, and predicting Sunday’s big winners

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 23, 2021

The year 1986 was not only a very good year at the movies, it also was a very good year for Jewish talent in the movies. Both the Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Jewish people on that fateful Oscar night. Paul Newman took home the coveted...

As Good As It Gets — Sony Pictures Motions Pictures Entertainment Group

The top 3 Jewish Oscar-winning performances of all time

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 22, 2021

The year 1929 may be known to many as the year the Great Depression settled in but for Jewish movie fans, it represents the first breakthrough. Norma Shearer won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Divorcee" that year. Six years later, Paul Muni would become...

Images from Mank and The Irishman. Photos: Netflix

Why ‘Mank’ will suffer the same Oscar fate as Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 21, 2021

When the Academy Award nominations were announced last month, David Fincher's "Mank" gathered the most of any film at 10, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried). One would think that...

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller. Photo Credit: Allen Fraser/Unive

‘Nobody’ is the best action film in years, and unlikely star Bob Odenkirk is a big reason why

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 20, 2021

Bob Odenkirk may not be your typical tough guy, but boy he can throw a punch. It just took audiences 30-plus years to see him do it. Truth be told, the "Better Call Saul" star and "Breaking Bad" co-star wouldn't be the first guy that comes to mind...

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‘Funny Girl’ and Barbra Streisand’s insatiable Jewish hunger

Gabrielle Hoyt April 20, 2021

(Originally published by Alma) When Barbra-Streisand-as-Fanny-Brice enters the scene of her deflowerment in Funny Girl, she can’t keep her clothes on. Compelled by the throbbing power of vermillion walls, plush curtains, suggestive female statues,...

Scott Bender grew up in St. Louis but is now an actor in Los Angeles. He has a starring role in “32 Weeks,” an independent film now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Actor’s star began its slow burn in summer camp

Ellen Futterman, Editor March 24, 2021

It started where many of us have had our dreams of stardom realized: summer camp.Scott Bender, 34, recalls being tapped to audition at Camp North Star for Boys, a predominantly Jewish sleep-away summer camp in Hayward, Wisc., for the musical “Guys and...

John Lewis in John Lewis: Good Trouble. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Good trouble at the J

By Ellen Futterman, Editor August 14, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the day when it will be safe to go back to a theater to see a play or dance performance, hear music or watch a film. In the meantime, here’s a “healthy” alternative: a drive-in movie at the J’s Staenberg...

Daveed Diggs, above center, reprises his roles as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the film adaptation of Hamilton, streaming on Disney Plus beginning July 3.

‘Hamilton’ the film and other streaming notes

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light July 2, 2020

‘Hamilton’ and more (Some catch-up) The film version of “Hamilton,” the mega-hit Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton, begins streaming on the Disney Plus channel on July 3. The film was supposed to open in theaters, but COVID-19 intervened....

Some critics thought Adam Sandler would at least be a contender for best actor for his performance in Uncut Gems. Photo: Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of A24

Oscars 2020 nominations: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

Gabe Friedman January 13, 2020

(JTA) — The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media.The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race and...

Those Who Remained

Baker’s dozen of Jewish-related films star at St. Louis festival

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 7, 2019

Just as fall brings a dazzling display of foliage to St. Louis, the annual St. Louis International Film Festival delivers its own colorful collection of cinema from around the world. This year’s festival, which takes place Nov. 7-17, features four...

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