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February 27, 1994 | DAVID GRITTEN
With all the Oscar hype surrounding "Schindler's List," it has nearly been forgotten that Steven Spielberg's epic isn't the first film to have been made about the legendary Oskar Schindler, who saved 1,100 Jews from Nazi death camps. A decade ago, filmmaker Jon Blair made "Schindler," an 80-minute documentary for Britain's Thames Television about Schindler's life. It won a British Academy Award. Owing to the renewed interest in Schindler's story, Blair's film has resurfaced.
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February 25, 1996
As a postscript to Kristine McKenna's excellent article about Jon Blair's documentary "Anne Frank Remembered" ("Dearest of Diaries," Feb. 18): While visiting Japan last year, I had the opportunity of seeing a new feature-length animated film, "The Diary of Anne Frank." Unlikely as a cartoon version of this famous tragedy might sound, animation in Japan is taken seriously, and the subject matter was treated with unusual delicacy by the Japanese artists who made the film. The drama was abetted with a sensitive musical score by Michael Nyman of "The Piano" fame.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1996
As a postscript to Kristine McKenna's excellent article about Jon Blair's documentary "Anne Frank Remembered" ("Dearest of Diaries," Feb. 18): While visiting Japan last year, I had the opportunity of seeing a new feature-length animated film, "The Diary of Anne Frank." Unlikely as a cartoon version of this famous tragedy might sound, animation in Japan is taken seriously, and the subject matter was treated with unusual delicacy by the Japanese artists who made the film. The drama was abetted with a sensitive musical score by Michael Nyman of "The Piano" fame.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1994 | DAVID GRITTEN
With all the Oscar hype surrounding "Schindler's List," it has nearly been forgotten that Steven Spielberg's epic isn't the first film to have been made about the legendary Oskar Schindler, who saved 1,100 Jews from Nazi death camps. A decade ago, filmmaker Jon Blair made "Schindler," an 80-minute documentary for Britain's Thames Television about Schindler's life. It won a British Academy Award. Owing to the renewed interest in Schindler's story, Blair's film has resurfaced.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1997
Jon Blair's Academy Award-winning documentary, "Anne Frank Remembered" (1996), will screen tonight at 7:30 at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. Tickets are $4 for Museum of Tolerance members, $5 for adults, and $3 for students and senior citizens. Information: (310) 553-8403.
NEWS
August 25, 1999
* Sunday: Gary Indiana takes a close look at the novels of John Rechy; Jon Blair examines South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report; Susan Salter Reynolds praises new fiction by Claire Messud and Rebecca Chace.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1996 | Chuck Crisafulli
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1996
Documentarian Jon Blair ("Anne Frank Remembered"); "Schindler's List" producer Branko Lustig, a Holocaust survivor; and "Schindler's" screenwriter Steve Zaillian will discuss the depiction of the Holocaust in films on Sunday at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Joining the three Academy Award winners at the mini-symposium, at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. at 2 p.m., will be directors Paul Mazursky ("Enemies, a Love Story"), Agnieszka Holland ("Europa Europa") and Pierre Sauvage ("Weapons of the Spirit").
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1996
Foreign Language Film: Antonia's Line The Netherlands * Art Direction: Eugenio Zanetti Restoration * Cinematography: John Toll Braveheart * Costume Design: James Acheson Restoration * Documentary Feature: Jon Blair Anne Frank Remembered * Documentary Short: Kary Antholis One Survivor Remembers * Film Editing: Mike Hill and Dan Hanley Apollo 13 * Makeup: Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison and Lois Burwell Braveheart * Original Musical/Comedy Score: Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz Pocahontas *
BOOKS
October 12, 1997
Jon Blair addressed several of the main issues in the matter of Anne Frank and Meyer Levin and reached reasonable conclusions (Book Review, Sept. 28). One issue he may not have seen in its entirety is the issue of Communist opposition to Levin. Paranoid Levin was (as perhaps are you, dear reader, and myself, the present writer), but he was not imagining things when he sensed that the Communists and their fellow travellers were quite active in show business and did seek to "universalize" tragedies that to others seemed not universal in the first instance, but Jewish.
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February 23, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A documentarian with less courage than Jon Blair might well have ended "Anne Frank Remembered" with the Nazi raid in August 1944 of the famous secret annex in Amsterdam where Otto Frank had hidden his wife and two daughters plus four others for two years. But the London-based Blair, who made the award-winning "Schindler" a decade ago, takes us right up to the end in Bergen-Belsen, where Anne and her older sister Margot died in late February or early March 1945 in a typhoid epidemic.
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