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The Jewish Serious Man

Updated December 21, 2009

How did the Jewish community react to the Coen’s “Jewish” film?

The Jewish Serious Man
The American Jewish World
Heeb
Interfaith Family
Jewcy
Jewish Journal
Rabbi Goldberg's Blog
Tablet
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The Jewish Serious Man

 

 

 

Gone With the Wind's Sidney Howard on Screenwriting

Updated December 16, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue presents an essay by Sidney Howard, the screenwriter on Gone with the Wind, which premiered in New York City 70 years ago today.

Gone With the Wind
Sidney Howard
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Gone With the Wind

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind

 

 

 

Coraline

Updated December 16, 2009

Coraline
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Coraline

 

 

 

Santa Ric

Updated December 15, 2009

Santa Ric
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Santa Ric

 

 

 

Santa Ric Erwin

Updated December 15, 2009

Santa Ric Erwin
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Santa Ric Erwin

 

 

 

Five in Focus: Santas

Updated December 14, 2009

Five in Focus: Santas
Santa Ric
Five in Focus: Santas

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Five in Focus: Santas

 

 

 

Holidays Films to Make Your Christmas Scary

Updated December 09, 2009

If you're feeling all Scrooge this holiday season, then Nick Dawson's selection of movies that take a darker look at Christmas is perfect for you.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Black Christmas (1974)
Slide 3: The Passions of Carol (1975)
Slide 4: To All A Good Night (1980)
Slide 5: Christmas Evil (1980)
Slide 6: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Slide 7: Elves (1989)
Slide 8: Santa Claws (1996)
Slide 9: Jack Frost (1996)
Slide 10: 'R Xmas (2001)
Slide 11: Santa’s Slay (2005)
Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

When you think of the quintessential holiday movies, the first that come to mind are Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or one of a number of versions of A Christmas Carol. Watching them is a joyful experience that celebrates the wonders of the holidays. But the truth is that sometimes that spirit of giving runs out, and you no longer feel goodwill to all men and you're feeling like maybe old Scrooge wasn't wrong after all. Well, if this particular yuletide season you get a case of the "Bah humbugs" and you can't stomach the thought of another feelgood movie that stuffs the wonderfulness of the holidays down your throat, we have a antidote for you. For the past 30-odd years, filmmakers who have had the very same reactionary feeling against tinsel and mistletoe have made movies proving that Christmas can in fact be a dark, horrible and sordid time, creating a subgenre of movies that thumbs its nose at all the tree-decorating, present-buying happy folk. So, if you're reaction to James Stewart is to shout, "No, it's not a wonderful life, George," then the following 10 movies are perfect for you.

 

 

 

Finding the North Pole in Film

Updated December 09, 2009

A FilmInFocus slideshow looks at the many North Poles of film.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Night Before Christmas  (1905)
Slide 3: Conquest of the North Pole (1912)
Slide 4: Felix Hits the North (1921)
Slide 5: The Amundsen Polar Flight (1925)
Slide 6: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Slide 7: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966)
Slide 8: Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Slide 9: Superman II (1980)
Slide 10: Elf (2003)
Slide 11: Deep Shock (2003)
Slide 12: Polar Express (2004)
Slide 13: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Slide 14: The Golden Compass (2007)
Slide 15: Death in Santaland (2007)
Slide 16: A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

The North Pole is a different place to different people: A town in Alaska, a geographical site, a mythical landscape, a military target. Throughout film history, filmmakers have attempted to find the real (or imagined) North Pole. The following slides highlight just a few of those films.

 

 

 

Hooray for Nollywood?

Updated December 08, 2009

To coincide with the selection of a new group of filmmakers for Africa First, David Parkinson gives the lowdown on Nigerian cinema, which is the continent's most vibrant and prolific film industry.

Osufia in London
Eddie Ugbomah
Tade Ogidan
Stephanie Okereke
The Amazing Grace
Osufia in London

Osufia in London

Osufia in London is one of the biggest hits to come out of Nollywood