Ralph Seliger


A Century After World War I, We Don't Put Ourselves on the Line for Beliefs

By Ralph Seliger

A Century After World War I, We Don't Put Ourselves on the Line for Beliefs
We remember World War I as the first bloodbath of the modern era. But it was a conflict that combatants embraced and believed in.Read More


Marshall Berman, Marxist Mentsch, Dies at 72

By Ralph Seliger

You’d notice Marshall Berman, if you saw him. Back when I commuted to the City College of New York from my parents’ apartment in the late 1960s, my father certainly did. He rushed into our apartment to excitedly report that “a hippie” was entering our next-door neighbor’s place, a colleague of Berman’s at CCNY.Read More


An Israeli Filmmaker’s Lebanon Dream

By Ralph Seliger

An Israeli Filmmaker’s Lebanon Dream
Casually clad in a black tee shirt and jeans over his stocky 59-year-old frame, Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis radiates a warm friendliness. He responds to questions with rapid-fire musings that rise above the din of the lunchtime crowd at a popular Manhattan restaurant, in nearly unaccented American English.Read More


Australia's Oscar Entry Revisits German Past

By Ralph Seliger

Australia's Oscar Entry Revisits German Past
“Lore,” short for Hannelore and the title of a new film opening February 8, is the name of a strong-willed and idealistic teenager who tries to lead her four young siblings to safety through the war-ravaged and dangerous landscape of a German nation defeated in 1945. Her physical trek triggers an inner journey for this impressionable young person on the edge of adulthood. We gradually see her shed the Nazi faith she grew up with, and recoil against the hatefulness of the people around her.Read More


Why Oscar Nominee Doesn't Represent Israel

By Ralph Seliger

Why Oscar Nominee Doesn't Represent Israel
Last year, in a nearly empty screening room, I saw what became an Academy Award finalist in the documentary category, “5 Broken Cameras.” I then interviewed filmmaker Guy Davidi about his background and his work on the film for The Arty Semite.Read More



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