Throughout his career, Marlon Brando displayed an unusual intimacy with Jewish issues and the Jewish struggle. Allan M. Jalon explores the actor’s quirky intelligence and his affinity with the Jewish people.
Elaine Stritch, who died at 89, was as feisty off-stage as on. Masha Leon recalls her belting out songs over lunch — and who knew she went out with Marlon Brando?
Sidney Lumet, the acclaimed director more than 50 films, died April 9 in Manhattan at the age of 86.
From the celebrated to the marginalized, from the heat of a summer antiwar protest to the searing cold of a Windy City winter, Chicago-based photographer Art Shay has been capturing unique, often strikingly ironic images for more than six decades. Thirty two of them, including pictures of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Saul Bellow, James Baldwin and Marlon Brando, are currently in display in an exhibit titled “That Was Then” at Chicago’s Thomas Masters Gallery through December 23.
Before Jack Abramoff was an American super-lobbyist, half-successful restaurateur, and convicted con man, he was a movie producer, known for bankrolling the 1989 Dolph Lundgren actioner “Red Scorpion” (part of Cold War cinema’s deconstructionist, though still violently anti-Soviet phase). It’s appropriate then, that George Hickenlooper’s Abramoff biopic, “Casino Jack,” which premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, should evince such an obvious love of cinema.