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October 30, 1998 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Tom Tugend is the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel and contributing editor to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
The Italian film "Life Is Beautiful," a tragicomic fable set partly in a concentration camp, has revived the decades-old debate on the latitude allowed the creative artist in depicting the ultimate horror of the Holocaust. Particularly in the Jewish community, which holds the Nazi murder of the 6 million deeply in its collective memory, any perceived trivialization of the Holocaust in literature or film quickly inflames profound sensitivities and never-healed scars.
May 9, 2000 | SUSAN KING
TV & MOVIES Altman Tribute : A new print of Robert Altman's landmark 1975 film "Nashville" will be screened June 22 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in celebration of the classic's 25th anniversary. The director is scheduled to participate in a cast-and-crew reunion at the screening, which kicks off a 17-film Altman retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
September 19, 1998
Ventura * The Ventura County Jewish Council--Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will observe the Jewish High Holidays in a series of services. The two most significant days of the season are Rosh Hashana--the Jewish new year--observed Sunday through Tuesday, and Yom Kippur--the Day of Atonement--which begins Sept. 29. The first Rosh Hashana service begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. At 10 a.m.
Jews in Germany. The image that comes to mind is of yellow stars and concentration camps, of exile and slaughter. For the 12 years of Nazi rule, to be a Jew in Germany was to be a victim. But Jewish history here spans 2,000 years, most of it peaceful and productive, and the full story is one that a new museum attempts to capture in both its pain and its glory.
November 15, 2005 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
IT was probably the detailed discussion about the energy uses of cow manure that really threw me. Normally when I sit in on meetings at production companies, the talk is all about outrageous actor salary demands, insane shooting schedules and botched script development. But at Participant Productions, the self-absorption of the movie business feels as far away as a distant moon of Jupiter.
It's not yet noon on a Sunday morning, and Marcia Berman has already recounted 100 years of history. As the video rolls, Berman, a children's songwriter, tells the saga of her family, from her Polish-born grandparents' arranged marriage to her parents' courtship at a Boyle Heights soda fountain to her own adolescent experiences in a socialist-Zionist youth group. Prompting the narrative is Ellie Kahn, founder of the oral history venture Living Legacies.
April 30, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Howard Rosenberg is The Times' television critic
Documentaries or documentariezzzzzz? A speech-making TV executive in another city tells me that he begins his public talks by asking how many in the audience favor having more documentaries on the air. Nearly every hand shoots up. Then he asks how many can name the last documentary they've watched. No hands. Rim shot. This unscientific polling persuades him that, to most Americans, documentaries make better lip service than viewing.
March 8, 1998 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
Howard Hersh Felder is just 29 years old, but a conversation with him is like a visit with an older, wiser relative you don't see very often. A great-uncle, maybe. Or a grandmother. Someone who's lived so long that there are few things left that don't remind the person of a story.
February 9, 1995 | T.G. RAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You wouldn't expect to find a camera crew in this man's Marina del Rey home. Generally unassuming, he now squirms under the light. The interviewer, an intense-looking woman in her 40s, leans forward, eyes narrowed. As the man speaks, his face is framed tight by the videographer. The questions are probing, relentless. At one point his voice catches and he breaks down, releasing a torrent of tears. "I can't go on," he pleads. "Shut it off."
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