Since “The Diary of a Young Girl” was published in 1947, it has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. But there has never been a truly definitive film version of it. Until now.
Though attendance was bigger than ever at the Berlin Film Festival, the competition was the dullest in a decade, according to Goldmann. A couple of new films from Israel were among the highlights.
The documentary program provides some of the Berlin Film Festival’s greatest highlights this year — but there are some misfires as well. A.J. Goldmann tries to separate the milk from the duds.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival features a plethora of Jewish and Israeli films. Notable among them: Tomer Heymann’s “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now” about an HIV-positive Israeli reconciling with his religious family.
Nazi salutes, swastikas and other Third Reich symbols have long been outlawed in Germany. But as of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Hitler’s autobiographical tome was off the list of infamous banned icons. Should we be worried?
‘Son of Saul’ makes its American debut at the New York film festival. A.J. Goldmann reports on the intensity and brutality of this film that focuses on a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz.
From makeshift welcome centers to clothing drives in trendy boutiques. Berlin is opening its arms to a flood of refugees. But A.J. Goldmann reports Germany’s Jews have mostly stayed silent.
It is no accident that ‘Tristan und Isolde’ was Exhibit A for breaking Israel’s ban on Richard Wagner’s music. A.J. Goldmann writes it’s hard not to like the opera that opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival.
Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ premiered in 1842. Two centuries later, it is back on stage in a small Bavarian village known for its history of anti-Semitism. A.J. Goldmann finds out what’s going on.
Founded in 1984, the Jerusalem Film Festival celebrates its 35th year with major new releases, retrospectives and tributes. A.J. Goldmann offers a critical preview.