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  • 14 years ago

    Yehuda Lerner escaped from eight Nazi camps in six months before he arrived at Sobibor, where he participated, at age 16, in the only successful death camp uprising of the Holocaust. In 1979, Claude Lanzmann interviewed Lerner, intending to make t...

  • 14 years ago

    Notwithstanding the sweltering Argentinean heat and a herd of noisy children, teenagers, and half-wild dogs, Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénaga is a veritable Chekhov tragicomedy of provincial life. Making a brilliant debut, Martel constructs her...

  • 14 years ago

    Her marriage dissolved, Aicha, the heroine of Moufida Tlatli's unsparing The Season of Men, leaves Tunis to take refuge on Djerba, the small Tunisian island where she was born. Aicha hopes to recapture a tranquillity that she remembers from her ch...

  • 14 years ago

    Acting is the strongest element in Stephen Frears's Liam, a social drama about a Liverpool family destroyed by poverty during the Depression. The film's governing point of view is that of seven-year-old Liam, who has to cope with the confusions an...

  • 14 years ago

    Even Tim Roth, whose trademark blend of savagery and insouciance made Planet of the Apes intermittently entertaining, can't rescue Peter Hyams's The Musketeer from the dustbin of historical adventure retreads. Hyams tries to give the familiar tale...

  • 14 years ago

    Soon, there will be two films in New York theaters about the experience of Czech Jews during the Holocaust and the Communist terror that followed. Focusing on the Slansky trial of 1952, Zuzana Justman's A Trial in Prague acts as something of a cor...

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