Does This Movie Herald The Arrival Of A Yiddish Film Renaissance?
A.J. Goldmann for The Forward
Between 1911 and 1950, there were hundreds — the exact number is the matter of some debate — of Yiddish films produced, mostly in Eastern Europe and America. It seems safe to say that over the past few years, there have been more Yiddish-language films than at any time since World War I. I give the credit for this development to the Coen Brothers, whose 2010 film, “A Serious Man,” opened with a 10-minute-long Yiddish horror short that bore little surface relation to the offbeat 1960s retelling of the Book of Job that followed.
Surprise! Mexico’s Rising Klezmer Star Isn’t Jewish
BY ABBY SHER for Jewniverse
Juan Pérez is not Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him play klezmer.
Pérez, who is 28 years old, grew up in a small Mexican village named Xicohtzinco. He’s never been inside a synagogue or traveled abroad, but when he heard the vibrant dance beat of klezmer music, he found his musical calling.
The Secret Jewish History of Bon Jovi
Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
Coming off a banner year in which the 34-year-old pop-metal band released its sixth No. 1 album, Bon Jovi is ready to rock its way through 2017, kicking off a major tour of U.S. arenas in Greenville, South Carolina, on February 8, with shows scheduled well into April. Why, at the age of 55, does Jon Bon Jovi want to prance around onstage like he’s still in his 20s? Well, for one thing, in an age when rockers are still going strong into their 70s — witness last year’s “Desert Trip” festival in Indio, California, which featured a half-dozen rockers in their eighth decade, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Neil Young — he isn’t even a senior citizen. Besides which, last time out, in 2013, he earned more than $200 million on tour. So don’t ask such silly questions. Boy’s gotta earn a livin’.
Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Is One of the Greatest Jewish Films Ever Made
By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine
Sure, it’s about Portuguese Jesuits in Japan, but the movie’s theological message is one we should all embrace
Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which tells the story of two 17th-century Portuguese Jesuits who travel to Japan to find their missing mentor and spread their imperiled faith in a land that bans it, may very well be among the greatest Jewish movies ever made.
Ignored, foolishly, by the Academy in this year’s Oscars race, and celebrated, rightly, by Catholic commentators for being a pure and profound meditation on faith, the film is not only a masterwork but also one we Jews would do well to take seriously. That’s because the idea at the core of the film is the thick theological trunk both Jews and Catholics share, and with which both have wrestled for millennia: the problem of doubt.