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How Not to Dialogue About Israel and Palestine (In the Land of Pomegranates)

The few American reviews that I found online seem frustrated without understanding just why Hava Kohav Beller’s documentary In the Land of Pomegranates is such a hopeless reflection upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary follows a group of young Israeli Jews … Continue reading

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The Cinema of Spiritual Life (Deleuze)

A fascinating quote by Deleuze on cinema and thought the keyterms of which are “decision,” “obstinacy,” “choice,” “existence,” and “spiritual life.” “The reverse was also true, one went right from cinema to philosophy. Something bizarre about the cinema struck me: … Continue reading

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(Cinema of Talmud) Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Joseph Cedar)

Riffing gently off the title of Pasolini’s essay “Cinema of Poetry,” let’s call Joseph Cedar’s most recent release an exercise in the “cinema of Talmud.” To be sure, Norman has to be viewed with an eye towards the narrative arc. … Continue reading

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(Pasolini) Hardscrabble Religious Image (The Gospel According to St. Mathew)

I think one could reasonably argue that in modern art, including cinema, including cinema that touches upon “the spiritual in art,” the background frames are more important than the figures operating on the foreground. The ones that grabbed me most … Continue reading

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A Christian-Pagan Philosophy of Life (“What Now? Remind Me”) (Joaquim Pinto) 

Joaquim Pinto’s Portuguese language film What Now? Remind Me is too big a film to lend itself to a narrative or scene-by-scene exposition. Along with a conversation with the director, it was screened as a plenary session at “The Place … Continue reading

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The Place of Religion in Film (Islam & Judaism) (Conference Notes)

Here are some quick notes from the recent Place of Religion in Film conference at Syracuse, organized by my friend and colleague Gail Hamner. What caught my attention was the prominence of Jews and Muslims, especially in relation to gender, in … Continue reading

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(Conference) The Place of Religion in Film (Syracuse University)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 2017 Friday 9 – 10:40 a.m. (3) Panel 1 Reinhartz, Religion, Body and Place inFélix et Meira (Quebec, 2014) Shenker, That made me a woman: On body and gender representations in Israel’s religious-community films-making … Continue reading

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