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St. Louis Jewish Light

Judi Dench as Miss Rocholl in Andy Goddard’s “Six Minutes to Midnight.” Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

British WWII historical drama tips its bowler to Hitchcock

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT February 4, 2021

Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard and Jim Broadbent headline “Six Minutes to Midnight,” a Hitchcock-styled British historical thriller set in the summer of 1939 at a finishing school for German girls on the southeastern coast of England as World War II looms.The...

Films

Curtain going up on virtual Jewish Film Festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 5, 2020

Think you missed this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival? Actually, no, because the film fest that usually takes place in June will run Monday through Nov. 15, back-to-back with the Jewish Book Festival. And like the book festival, the film...

The documentary ‘Prosecuting Evil’ looks at Ben Ferencz, a war crimes investigator and a prosecutor at the post-WWII Nuremberg trials.

Last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor continues to seek justice at age 99

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 30, 2019

Ben Ferencz has gotten a close look at crimes against humanity over the last century. In fact, he helped to define what the phrase means by serving as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazis following World War II. And despite his familiarity with...

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 30, 2019

Mossad, Israel’s legendary and widely admired intelligence agency, has had a long history of astonishing successes in international intrigue, including planting spies in enemy nations; using a former Nazi officer as a double agent and consciously burnishing...

Liron Ben-Shlush stars in the Israeli film Working Woman. Photo: Lama Films 

‘Working Woman’ anticipates dilemmas of Me Too Movement

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 30, 2019

The taut, understated Israeli drama “Working Woman” captures the nuances, capitulation and self-blaming of sexual harassment in the workplace better than any film in recent memory. That is resonates so thoroughly with the current #MeToo movement may...

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival schedule — with film trailers

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival schedule — with film trailers

May 30, 2019

Sunday, June 2: 4 p.m. – “Carl Laemmle”7 p.m. – “Golda’s Balcony”Monday, June 3: 1 p.m. – “Inside the Mossad” 4 p.m. – “Holy Lands”7 p.m. – “Prosecuting Evil”Tuesday, June 4: 1 p.m.  – “The Other Story”4 p.m....

Miguel Angel Sola and Angela Molina in ‘The Last Suit.’

Old tailor’s heartwarming odyssey fills out ‘Last Suit’

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 31, 2018

Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is clearly feeling bossed around by his children in the Buenos Aires home he’s lived in for 50 years. The Polish-born retired tailor is miffed when his favorite great-granddaughter, Micaela (Pilar Alegre Alonso)...

‘Budapest Noir’

Reporter investigates murder, cover-up in 1936 Hungary

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 31, 2018

All of the hallmarks are there: classic noir style, soulful jazz, world-weary voice-over, and slanting light and city street. But this is not New York or San Francisco. It is Budapest in 1936, a “city of lights for some and city of darkness for others,”...

Neta Riskin and Golshifteh Farahani in the Israeli thriller ‘Shelter.’

Israeli spy thriller is taut, suspenseful

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 31, 2018

Israeli writer director Eran Riklis builds upon the success of his previous films “The Syrian Bride” and “The Human Resources Manager,” with “Shelter,” based on a short story titled "The Link" by Shulamith Hareven.  “Shelter” stars Neta...

‘Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Film explores Sammy Davis Jr.’s fight for respect

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 31, 2018

At the beginning of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” the entertainer jokes that he’s a “colored, Jewish, Puerto Rican,” then adds, “When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out.”Funny, perhaps, but more to the point, ironic, because...

‘Heading Home:The Tale of Team Israel’

Baseball, patriotism on deck in ‘Tale of Team Israel’

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER May 31, 2018

During last year’s World Baseball Classic, after Israel defeats a team from a country with a more storied baseball history, a reporter from that country sends a line drive at the Team Israel manager at a press conference: “What is your opinion on...

Sonia Warshawski (left) and her granddaughter (and filmmaker) Leah Warshawski stand outsidae the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in April 2018 for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Members of Congress watched Leah’s documentary ‘Big Sonia’ at the Capitol on April 12.

Former St. Louisan’s film about Holocaust survivor grandmother gets local debut

By Sam Mosher, Staff Writer May 31, 2018

Kansas City’s Metcalf South Mall in 2011 was a virtual ghost town of gated entrances, empty parking lots and closed storefronts. But one last establishment owned by the bubbly, big-hearted Sonia Warshawski remained open: her colorful tailor shop.Sonia’s...

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