100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

April 25, 2003 - Image 77

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-25

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

to help people and used this knowl-
edge to destroy them."
The Pianist by Roman Polanski,
which garnered three top Oscars
this year, for Best Director, Best
Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay,
dramatizes one man s survival in
Warsaw and its ghetto during their
destruction by the German army.
To the film's producer, Robert
Benmussa, "The Holocaust was the
(!Amen" Filmmaker Costa Gavras
most important moment of the
20th century, maybe in all of histo-
Los Angeles, "In an age of moral rela-
ry. When you make a movie about
tivism, the Holocaust is the absolute stan-
it, it's not just a film but a testimony
dard, the personification of absolute evil."
for the next generation."
He agrees with critics who charge
The passage of time lends perspective,
that Hollywood's treatment has some-
noted filmmaker Claude Lanzmann.
times trivialized the great tragedy but
"The further we move away from
maintains that the effort "has been
the Holocaust, the better we can
mostly for the good."
measure its scope and magnitude," he
It is these dramatic values that some
said. "I could not have made Shoah
Jewish producers and directors say
after only 20 years had passed," he
attract them to the Holocaust "story," •
said, referring to his nine-hour docu-
but cultural critic Neal Gabler believes
mentary about the Holocaust.
However many movies are produced it goes beyond that.
The author of An Empire of Their
about the Holocaust, the stories and
Own: How the Jews Invented
complexities appear inexhaustible.
Hollywood observes that after decades
Even for Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel,
of suppressing their Jewish identity,
who has devoted his life to writing
starting with Hollywood's founding
about the Holocaust, there are unan-
fathers, these present-day descendants
swered questions.
"Something is still missing," he said. now freely acknowledge their heritage.
"The Holocaust has been the doini-
"We have answered many of the his-
nant experience of Jews in the 20th
torical questions, but I still need to
century, and there is no Jew alive who
know more about human behavior,
doesn't respond to it," Gabler said.
about the working of mass psychosis."
"There is a moral obligation to
Another attraction to moviemakers
is the dramatic tension inherent in the remember the Holocaust felt by every
Jew, and by artists most of all. Steven
confrontation between good, or at
Spielberg had to bear witness by mak-
least innocent victimhood, and evil.
ing Schindler's List, and Roman
According to Michael Berenbaum, a
professor at the University of Judaism in
GROWING GENRE on page 80

'

Your choice o

■ Fried Chicken

Caffish

a Meatioaf

includes 2 Sides,
Beverage & Dessert

29508 Northwestern Hwy.

(in the Sunset Strip),

(248) 208-1680

• Our house 5pcciaities...
"Coconut Shrimp & Orange
Salsa" or "New York Strip Steak"
• Dinner Entrees all include Soup or
Salad, vegetable & choice of Potato

• Full Service Dining
• Gourmet Deli Sandwiches
• Vegetarian Dishes
• Homemade Soups

B

1

one Lunch or Dinner Get 1

i

I

0

0/
°

OFF

of second
meal I

of equal or lesser value

I

Dine In or Can Out. Not good with any other offer. Expires 6/30/03

1=11 1111•1 =MI

a

Southfield

NM

I

am Elm

24:8-61-1--1-000

166 W Maple, Downtown birmingkam
(PL Two hour Parking at parking structure in front of the Willits)

Hours: Monday - Saturday 8-9 • Sunday 8-4

695210

more than just bread.

AT ANTA BREAD COMPANY

SOUPS • SALADS • SANDWICHES • FRESH-BAKED BREADS • COOKIES

Alamoron.misomir

in the evolution of Holocaust films
Arts at Columbia, additionally has
and the audiences for them?
Double
Lives,
Second
Chances:
written
The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski and AI: If the first wave of Holocaust
films focused on Jewish victims and
Francois Tru aut. Her next book is on
Nazi criminals, the second wave of
the cinema of Philip Kaufman, the
the past 20 years centers on
brilliant director of films
rescue and resistance.
including The
Once the cinema established
Unbearable Lightness of
Film and the Holocaust
that
the majority of Europe's
Being, The Right Stuff
Jews were killed during World

and Quills.
War II, it became possible to
Insdorf's critiques
ask onscreen how — and with
have been published in
whose assistance — the few
newspapers and maga-
were saved.
zines, and she has been
The audience for these films
television host of the
has
grown over the years, part-
Cannes Film Festival
ly because a rescuer like Oskar
coverage for Bravo/IFC
Schindler is someone with
cable networks.
whom a viewer would want to identi-
She recently discussed the
fy, — more than with a victimized Jew
Holocaust in film with the Detroit
or a German oppressor.
Jewish iVeivs.
JN: Could you summarize patterns
`SHADOWS' on page 80

WN‘o BOWL OF SOUP
or HALF SA LO

ATLANTA
BREAD •
COMPANY

BAKERY CAFE

with purchase of
any hill sandwich

.

Otter valid only at Royal Oa, laration. Not valid ,vi ;h any other offer. One cow. Mr

516 South Main St
Royal Oak, MI 4.8067
Phone 248-543-3000
Fax 248-543-3017

C. 2003 Atlar.. Brea! C.ImD1,

,son per visit. Cash .pe 1/100th of le. Coupon Expires 831103.

698930

Indelible Sh adows

THE GALLERY RESTAURANT

U
p

Enjoy gracious dining amid a beautiful
atmosphere of casual elegance

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

I
41

OPEN 7 DAYS: MON.- SAT. 7 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. SUN. 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
West Bloomfield Plaza • 6638 Telegraph Road and Maple • 248-851-0313

4/25

0000624550

2003

79

Back to Top

© 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan