San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2019

            This year's San Francsico Silent Film Festival starts and ends with film icon Buster Keaton's films: “The Cameraman” on May 1st, opening night; and “Our Hospitality” on May 5th, closing night.              The festival,  ...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017

When I wrote an article on Jewish film festivals for Hadassah magazine 14 years ago, the San Francisco Jewish film festival was the oldest and the largest anywhere. Of course it's still the oldest; and--guess what?--it's still the largest.  ...

Letters from Baghdad (2016)

Everybody has heard of T. E. Lawrence--"Lawrence of Arabia"--adventurer, explorer, expert on what's now called the Middle East. Certainly every movie-goer has seen Peter O'Toole in flowing white robes, riding through the wide-angle desert with his coterie of Arab  ...

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs

Don't feel embarrassed if you suddenly burst out laughing while viewing the Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhaustive--but not exhausting--show of Roz Chast's work. There will be plenty of other viewers doing the same thing. Chast, for the  ...

KEDi (2016)

Big cities in the warmer latitudes--Rome and Athens come to mind--all seem to have their cadres of "street cats": not-quite-feral felines who get by with occasional help from their human friends. But no city I'm aware of has the kind  ...

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

Fritz Bauer isn't exactly a household name in the United States--nor, I suspect, in Germany, his birthplace. And yet it was Bauer, a Jew who fled Germany before the Holocaust and returned after World  ...