Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III

In her disarmingly modest, and revealing autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils her life in a lovely, impressionist style that is at the same time sharply focused. As Seraphic Secret wrote in […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Cary Grant, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Saul Bass, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Responses

Advice from Dirty Harry

“Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino play losers very well. But my audience like to be in there vicariously with a winner. That isn’t always popular with critics. My characters have sensitivity and vulnerabilities, but they’re still winners. I don’t pretend to understand losers. When I read a script about a loser I think of people […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part II

In her modest, jewel of an autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils the confusing threads of her life in Hollywood in a lovely, impressionist style that is, at the same time, sharply […]

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Movie Poster Art by Saul Bass

Posted in Design, Hollywood, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Photography, Saul Bass, Spartacus, Succos | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Family, Friday Fotos, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaica, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Screenwriting, Shabbos, Succos, True Hollywood Confessions, William Powell | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part I

Actress Fay Wray achieved screen immortality as Ann Darrow, the girl in King Kong’s paw, the beauty who tamed the raging beast. For most of us growing up after Hollywood’s Golden Age, Fay Wray (b. Vina Fay Wray; September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was nothing more than a fetching, half-naked prop, screaming endlessly, […]

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Succos: 2016

You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths. —Leviticus 23:42 On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days. […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Yom Kippur was a deeply moving experience. The Jewish liturgy emphasizes personal responsibility. Traditional Jewish prayer—not the watered down liberal versions practiced by the Conservative and Reform movements—is a stark and bracing contrast to this postmodern age where lies are a new truth, slavery is redefined as freedom, and the only sin recognized by the […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Gloria Swanson’s Wedding Night

Between 1919 and 1921, Gloria Swanson starred in a series of wildly popular films for director Cecile B. De Mille in which the iconography of Hollywood glamour was formally codified. The titles of these films carry the whiff of scandal and decadence: Don’t Change Your Husband (1919), For Better, For Worse (1919), Male and Female […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Design, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jerusalem, Painting, Photography, True Hollywood Confessions, Yom Kippur | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Movies as Political Propaganda: The Battle of Algiers, Part II

Part I can be found here. We continue our analysis of The Battle of Algiers, one of the most influential propaganda films of the 20th century. We rely on Alistair Horne’s, Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 , the most thorough and accurate history of that war yet written, bearing in mind that the movie, The Battle […]

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    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

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    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

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    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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