On Feb. 14 each year, many Americans watch “Casablanca” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. As time goes by, the Jewish influences on the Oscar-winning 1940s romantic film become more apparent. Jews involved in the production of “Casablanca” includec Murray Burnett, the author of the play on which the movie was based, director Michael Curtiz, screenwriters(…)
A family film whose most ardent admirers will be children, â€œThe Zigzag Kidâ€ is fueled by primal adolescent urges. Not the ones youâ€™re thinking of, but the pressing need to comprehend the past, navigate the present, and manipulate the future.
Wisely shunning a staid narrator in favor of archival audio and TV interviews with the late impresario, augmented with passionate recollections by the likes of Roscoe Lee Browne, Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin and playwright David Hare, the filmmakers create a vivid impression of a man whose mÃ©tier was in-person communication.
Wladyslaw Pasikowskiâ€™s extraordinary â€œAftermathâ€ is a rare, delicious example of a filmmaker fearlessly exposing a grievous chapter in his or her countryâ€™s history.