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Inglourious Jewess

Inglourious Basterds has been called the "ultimate Jewish revenge fantasy," in every review and blog post I have seen.  I am not interested in adding my two cents to the debate about whether revenge fantasies are "good for the Jews" or "bad for the Jews."  Instead, I would like to offer a different angle on the film. 

Last week I wrote about the deficit of "kick-ass Jewish women" in film, and Sylvia suggested that Shoshana of Inglourious Basterds fit the bill.  Now that I've seen the movie, I completely agree.  The true hero of Inglourious Basterds is the heroine: Shoshana Dreyfus, a kick-ass Jewish feminist.

Los Angeles film debut of Anzia Yezierska's "Hungry Hearts"

December 3, 1922

The film "Hungry Hearts," based on a book of short stories by author Anzia Yezierska, opened in Los Angeles.

Tovah Feldshuh stars in "Golda's Balcony"

October 15, 2003

"Golda's Balcony" opened on Broadway, starring Tovah Feldshuh in a one-woman play about Golda Meir.

Opening of Goldie Hawn's "Private Benjamin"

October 10, 1980

Actress and producer Goldie Hawn had one of her biggest successes with the opening of the movie "Private Benjamin."

"Crossing Delancey" released

September 16, 1988

Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey," the story of love between a professional Upper East Side woman and a pickle seller from the Lower East Side, was released in theaters.

Birth of entertainer Kitty Carlisle Hart

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

Actress Sylvia Sidney born

August 8, 1910

Actress Sylvia Sidney, who starred in 1930s-era films opposite Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant, was born.

Broadcast of Deborah Kaufman's "Blacks and Jews"

July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

Birth of Theda Bara, the original "vamp"

July 22, 1890

Silent film star Theda Bara was born.

"When Harry Met Sally" hits theaters

July 12, 1989

"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

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