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June 20, 1980 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-06-20

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Princess' Is Called Objective


(Copyright 1980, JTA, Inc.)

CESS," the thought-
provoking two-hour
documentary-drama that
caused a storm of protest by
the government of Saudi
Arabia when first presented
on British television and
subsequently shown
throughout the United
States via the Public Broad-
casting System (PBS), was
recently viewed by the
embers of the Hollywood
reign Press at KCET, the
s Angeles PBS outlet.
Appraising the motion
picture in the privacy of a
--projection room, without in-
terruptions of any kind, on a
large screen in perfect
colors, we found it to be a
work of lyrical beauty and
in the main fascinating
entertainment except for
some overlong, -tedious re-
staged interviews of eye-
witness reports. We don't
know whether all the de-
tails are accurate, although
the joint scenario by British
executive producer David
Fanning and director An-
tony Thomas makes a point
that "Death of a Princess" is
a faithful reconstruction of


the events from transcripts
of revelations of those on the
"Death of a Princess" pre-
sented the Arab people in a
fair light. There were no
cartoon characterizations.
Yet, the film implied that
not all is well in a country
with too much money, too
much land and a rather
small population of unedu-
cated, backwards citizens
who have no part in the gov-
ernment and in the riches of
the very few.

has been completed at the
Goldwyn Studios and now is
in its final stage of editing
and scoring. Excerpts were
shown with enthusiastic re-
sponse at the Cannes Film
The title role, in the early
talkies created by Al Jolson,
is now portrayed by Neil
Diamond, who on the screen
shortens his name from
Yussal Rabinovitch to Jess
Robin much to his father's
dismay. The elder
Rabinovitch, a cantor who
survived the Holocaust, is
essayed by Sir Laurence
Olivier (in a part originally
played by Warner Oland).

May McAvoy appeared
opposite Jolson; now Lucie
Arnaz is his manager and
love interest. Eugenie Bes-
serer's role as Jolson's
mother has been written out
and Diamond's mother sup-
posedly died in a concentra-
tion camp.
The story of a son who
tries to break away from
tradition is as valid today as
it was in the mid-1920s
when George Jessel created
the character of "The Jazz
Singer" on the Broadway
stage. One song has re-
mained from the Jolson
film, "Kol Nidre," intonated
by five generations of can-
tors of the Rabinovitch clan
on Yom Kippur.

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Coastal Raid Thwarted
by Israeli Patrol Boat

Three terrorists attempting
to infiltrate Israel by sea
were killed in an exchange
of fire with an Israeli Navy
patrol boat early Monday
morning, off the beach at
Nahariya. An Israeli sailor
was slightly wounded.
According to the official
announcement, the ter-
rorists- entered Israeli ter-
ritorial waters from Leba-
non in a motorized rubber
dinghy and headed for
Nahariya. They were de-
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patrol boat of the Dabour
type was dispatched to
intercept them. A brief
battle ensued during which
the terrorists fired bazooka
shells until their dinghy
sustained a direct hit, cap-
sized and burned.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem
an Israeli border policeman
shot by a sniper underwent
surgery last week for a
stomach wound and was re-
ported to be in satisfactory
The incident occurred
in broad daylight near
the Herod's Gate, a busy
East Jerusalem commer-
cial district crowded with
shoppers and tourists.
Israeli police are inves-
tigating two explosions
which rocked the Petah
Tikva area of Tel Aviv last
week, one in a midtown
shopping mall and the other
at a road intersection just
outside of the town. No
casualties or damage were
reported, but scores of Arab
workers from the occupied
territories who have jobs in
Petah Tikva were rounded
up for questioning

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