Jenny Hendrix has some harsh words for “Sarah’s Key,” a film about France’s 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv roundup;
Myra Mniewski relishes the life’s work of the most accomplished translator of Russian literature into German;
Elizabeth Stone goes through the ups and downs of a family with an autistic child in “Mabul” at the San Francisco Film Festival,
and Olga Gershenson is impressed by “The Law in these Parts,” a prize-winning documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival about Israel’s legal system in the occupied territories.
Carol Zemel appreciates the masterful, but not very Jewish, work of Lucian Freud.
Philologos unveils the many names of eggplant, most of which mean “the anti-flatulence vegetable.”
Gavriel D. Rosenfeld talks to Luca Zevi, architect of the new Museo Nazionale della Shoah in Rome.
Benjamin Ivry appreciates the voluminous works of French author Henri Raczymow.
In the latest Yid Lit podcast, Allison Gaudet Yarrow talks to Janet Reitman, author of “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion.”
This Week in Forward Arts and Culture
Ezra Glinter is the critic-at-large of the Forward.