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Film

Doing the "work" of identity

"Who am I, anyway?" That's a question most of us ask at various points throughout our lives -- usually most noisily as adolescents but with piercing power as we grow older, too.

The "Pride, Honor & Courage" of Hartford Jewish women during WWII

Pride, Honor and Courage: Jewish Women Remember World War II, the documentary film produced by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH), premiered Thursday at the Mandell Jewish Community Center.

What Patrick Swayze (z”l) did for Jewish women

I heard the news about Patrick Swayze's death when I logged on to Facebook last night and saw numerous status updaes about dancing the merenge and not putting Baby in the corner. Swayze's death is not just sad (he was only 57); for Jewish girls of my generation, it's the end of era.

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.

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."

Broadcast of Deborah Kaufman's "Blacks and Jews"

July 29, 1997

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

Actress Sylvia Sidney born

August 8, 1910

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

Birth of multi-talented Ruth Hagy Brod

May 31, 1911

Birth in New York City of Ruth Hagy Brod, who would have a varied career in journalism, publishing, and public service.

Judy Holliday wins Academy Award for best actress

March 29, 1951

Actress and comedian Judy Holliday received an Academy Award for her performance in "Born Yesterday."

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