Category Archives: Film

The Infidel (film)

The Infidel (2010)

Director Josh Appignanesi

The Infidel (2010)

The Infidel (2010)

This is not only a very Jewish movie, it’s a very British and a very Islamic movie dealing with the matter of multiculturalism. Omid Djalili plays Mahmud, a Muslim who discovers not only that he’s been adopted but also that he’s Jewish. The script, written by comedian David Baddiel, delivers fistfuls of one-liners (Mahmud is escorted away by security guard and retorts “You find out you’re Jewish and suddenly some bloke in a uniform is leading you away?”).

When asked about the basis for the comedy in the subject matter, Baddiel explained: “These communities and cultures are seen as at war or polarised, or at opposite sides of the fence, which allows for a body swap sort of situation to arise.” It has recently been adapted as a stage musical.

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O Dreamland

A documentary film written and directed by Lindsay Anderson in 1953.  It looks at the Dreamland Fun Fair in Margate that relates to Bernard Kops’ play and novel On Margate Sands.   Click on the images below or here to view the whole film.

 

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RIP Peter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer

Obituraries;PEter Shaffer 1980
The Guardian
The New York TImes
Jewish Chronicle

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Ron Moody Dies

Ron Moody, Actor Best Known as Fagin in ‘Oliver!,’ Dies at 91 http://nyti.ms/1FVcZ7C

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Dickens’s Fagin, a Jew, has often been perceived as an anti-Semitic characterization, but Mr. Moody, who was also Jewish, steered clear of stereotype. “Although Dickens describes Fagin as a merry old Jew, there’s no sign of him being a Jew in his language and actions,” Mr. Moody explained.

Others, however, saw his portrayal differently. Writing about the film in The New Yorker in 2012, David Denby said Mr. Moody played Fagin “in a way that parodies Jewish stereotypes by slightly exaggerating them.”

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Casino Royale

Peter Sellers’ walkout seemed to spell the end of Casino Royale. But rather than capitulating, Charles Feldman reverted to his original plan and set about making a truly immense movie. Out went McGrath and original writer Wolf Mankowitz; in came a string of different directors – Val Guest, John Huston, Richard Talmadge, Robert Parrish, Ken Hughes – and a raft of screenwriters that included co-stars Woody Allen and David Niven, Hollywood legend Billy Wilder and groundbreaking novelist Terry Southern.

From: Sabotage Times http://www.sabotagetimes.com/tv-film/a-cocktail-recipe-for-disaster-peter-sellers-and-orson-welles-on-the-making-of-casino-royale/

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