Aviva Kempner


The Hank Greenberg Story That '42' Forgot

By Aviva Kempner

The Hank Greenberg Story That '42' Forgot
‘42’ accurately depicts the hostility Jackie Robinson faced from players and fans. But the hit film leaves out a memorable encounter Robinson had with Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg.Read More


How an Actor Died of the Blacklist

By Aviva Kempner

How an Actor Died of the Blacklist
Fifty-five years ago today, union activist and thespian Philip Loeb checked himself into the Taft Hotel in Midtown Manhattan under a false name and took a fatal dose of sleeping pills. Targeted by the insidious blacklist, Loeb could no longer find work in his beloved acting profession and had reached rock bottom.Read More


Vive La Resistance, Encore!

By Aviva Kempner

Vive La Resistance, Encore!
The heroics of the French resistance have long intrigued movie buffs and filmmakers. Perhaps the most famous scene in cinema history is in “Casablanca,” when the tormented Ingrid Bergman bids adieu to Humphrey Bogart and chooses to escape with her resistance leader spouse.Read More


Why Are Female Directors Silent About Roman Polanski's Arrest?

By Aviva Kempner

I have yet to hear my fellow female directors calling for Roman Polanski to return to the United States to face sentencing for his admitted guilt of statutory rape.Read More


Washingtonians Kvell at Baseball Stadium’s Inauguration

By Aviva Kempner

Washingtonians Kvell at Baseball Stadium’s Inauguration
After more than three decades of playing the baseball equivalent of neglected stepchildren, Washingtonians finally have a state-of-the-art ball field to call their own. Nationals Park was inaugurated this past Sunday night with all the fanfare befitting a team headquartered in the nation’s capital.Read More






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