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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

How Bradley Cooper convinced Spielberg to let him direct his Leonard Bernstein biopic

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished January 24, 2022

Imagine screening a movie for legendary Jewish director Steven Spielberg. You’re not showing mom and dad your movie; it’s just one of the best filmmakers of all time getting ready to watch your movie in your home. The thing you spent countless...

Why we thank ‘Columbo’ for Steven Spielberg

Why we thank ‘Columbo’ for Steven Spielberg

PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished December 13, 2021

Editor’s Note: The director Steven Spielberg turns 75 on Dec. 18. To mark that momentous occasion, the Forward is running a series of essays reassessing his films. This story was originally published on December 13. Sign up here to get the latest stories...

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If Steven Spielberg had known about this Dutch hero, he wouldn’t have made ‘Schindler’s List’

Benjamin Ivry, ForwardPublished October 7, 2021

Jan Brokken’s “The Just” recounts how in wartime Lithuania, Dutch consul Jan Zwartendijk and Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara saved thousands of lives by issuing permits admitting Jewish refugees to the Dutch colony of Curaçao by way of Japan....

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ turns 40 as new ‘Indy’ adventure begins filming 

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 11, 2021

When it comes to general movie fans, Steven Spielberg's name brings out a few different film classics: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Saving Private Ryan," and "Jurassic Park." Maybe a few others. But they often forget about gems such as "Catch Me...

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

Shira HanauPublished 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...

Schindler factory to be named Czech cultural heritage site

JTAPublished March 5, 2012

PRAGUE -- The factory in which Oskar Schindler saved moer than 1,000 Jews from concentration camps will be declared a cultural heritage site even as it faces possible demolition. The eastern Bohemian factory in the town of Brnenec is set to be declared...

The Artist claimed 10 Oscar nominations, including ones for
Best Picture and Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, a French

Oscar is a Jewish name

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 25, 2012

B'nai mitzvah mitzvah When Central Reform Congregation members Michael Getty and Brian Vetruba decided to become b'nai mitzvah together, the couple wanted a mitzvah project that was not only meaningful to them but also beneficial to the entire St. Louis...

A scene from the Israeli film Footnote, which aims to take
home the countrys first Academy Award for best foreign-language
film when the Oscars are given out on Feb. 26.

Jews at the Oscars, Shatner’s Priceline demise, Rogen and Miller’s tzedakah

By JTA StaffPublished January 24, 2012

SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) | JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP NEW YORK (6nobacon.com)—The 2012 Academy Award nominations came out Tuesday and it seems like Billy Crystal will be hosting a big ol' Jewish party, providing traction to those who advance the canard...

Owen Wilson stars as Gil, a “Hollywood hack” turned aspiring writer, with Rachel McAdams as Inez, Gil’s fiancée. Photo by Roger Arpajou. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Spielberg, Allen garner Golden Globes

JTAPublished January 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- The movie industry’s two veteran super-Jews, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen, did not walk off with the most prestigious awards at the Golden Globe Awards, but neither did they go home empty-handed. “The Adventures of Tintin” earned...

The Artist staring Jean Dujardin, left, as George Valentin and
Bérénice Bejo as Pepper Miller.

Holiday season delivers films for every taste

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 21, 2011

With kids on winter break and Hollywood delivering some of the year's likely Oscar contenders, now's a great time to take in some movies. Films for everyone abound this time of year. While many excellent ones such as "The Descendants" and "My Week with...

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