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December 22, 1978 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-22

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THE DETROIT- JEWISH NEWS

New Israeli Film May Be Nominated for Two Awards

By HERBERT LUFT

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

HOLLYWOOD — Israeli
film star Nitza Shaul was in
Hollywood recently to dis-
cuss a possible entry of her
lateSt picture, "Little Man,"
with both the Academy and
the Foreign Press for "Os-
car" and "Golden Globe"
nominations.
The breathtakingly beau-
tiful, petite young lady is a
native of Tel Aviv and a de-
scendant of three genera-
tions of Sabras. She studied
at the Camery Theater and
was named Most Promis-
ing Actress of the 4Year,"
after appearing as Phoebe
in Shakespeare's "As You
Like It" and as the lead of a
modern play, "They Will

Arrive Tomorrow." In all,
she spent three years with
the Camery Repertory
group and also played leads
with the Dekel and Ohel
Theaters of Tel Aviv.
She bowed on the screen
in Ephraim Kishon's "The
Policeman" in the revealing
role of a teenaged girl of
easy virtue. The picture
won the 1972 San Francisco
Film award and was norni:
nated for an Oscar. During
the Yom Kippur War of
1973, she enlisted in the
armed forces and
entertained the troops at
the Golan Heights, in Sinai
and in the conquered part of
Egypt.
On Israeli television
she played a number of

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leading roles and was the
lead singer in three TV
musicals. In Hebrew-
language films, she por-
trayed starring roles in
Menahem Golan's "The
Contract"; Asaf Dayan's
"The Hill of Halfon"; Ale-
xander Ramati's "The
Lights of the Village";
and in Kishon's "The
Fox."

Nitza Shaul was the reci-
pient of the 1975 Sharett
Fund scholarship of the
American-Israel Cultural
Foundation and a grant to
study in London during
1975-76 at the Drama Cen-
ter and the Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts. While in
England, she appeared on
the BBC in an original play
entitled, "When the Actors
Come"; and at London's
West End Phoenix Theater
in Tennessee Williams'
latest, "Red Devil Battery
Sign," opposite Keith Bax-
ter.
Her latest film, "Little
Man," which brought her
for the first time to Hol-
lywood, deals with five men
from different walks of life
doing reserve duty in an Is-
raeli tank corps. Into their
drab life comes Nitza as a
naive small-town girl who
volunteers to sing but winds
up as the sweetheart of all of
them.. Only one of them at
the end is willing to face the
responsibility as father of
the unborn child.
' "Little Man" was inde-
pendently produced by Erez
Ltd. headed by Baruch Ella
with Zeev Revah directing
from a screen play he wrote
in collaboration with Hillel
Mittelpunkt. Revah also
portrays the central char-
acter. The picture, termed a
sensitive love story, has
only one female role. This
character is depicted by
Nitza who has changed her
name to Saul to make it
easier for us to pronounce

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John Heyman, the
British film producer
who came to England in
1933 at the age of six
months from his native
Germany, has shifted his
operations from London
to Tel Aviv and New
York. He heads The
Genesis Project, the
cinematic transcription
of the whole Bible as a
means of bringing people
back to their religious
and cultural roots.
Heyman's partner in the
ambitious project, which
will take years if not de-
cades to complete, is Israeli
film and stage star Chaim
Topol who also portrays
numerous parts in the var-
ious segments. We were
asked to watch the cassettes
in Heyman's suite at the
Beverly Hills Hotel and
marveled at the quality of
production and the dig-
nified portrayal of biblical
characters.
All New Media Bible
films are produced on 35
mm color stock with sound
and reduced to 16 mm and
Super 8 mm film and %-inch
video cassettes having a
running time of approx-
imately 15-20 minutes.
They are available to sub-
scribing churches,
synagogues, religious and
educational institutions.
Some of them will be corn-
bined and released theatri-
cally by Warner Bros. and
Columbia Pictures.
Some 30 films have been
completed to date. Produc-
tion takes place on locations
in Israel and in the studios
of Tel Aviv and Herzliya.
Some 70 percent of the crew
and staff are Israeli, aug-
mented by specialized tech-
nicians from Great Britain.

In addition to the motion
pictures, The Genesis Proj-
ect also produces introduc-
tory sequences to each seg-
ment with scholars and
religious leaders talking to
the audience and stills illus-
trating the research dis-
cussions. We saw the pre-
sentation of the origin of
Abraham and his clan who
came from the land of Ur,
now in Iraq, with photos of
excavated art and house
hold utensils proving the
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