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MOVIE CLIPS

from page 39

Fictional works include .All I've Got,
as the works of fiction offered under
a fantasy about choosing between a
the auspices of the Jewish Commu-
life lived and a life wished; Dummy, a
nity Centers of Metropolitan
psychological exploration of building
Detroit, Washtenaw County and
confidence; and Advice & Dissent, a
Windsor. The selected productions
piece about ending a seemingly hope-
represent projects completed inside
less marriage.
and outside America with showings
The festival, in its sixth year, has
often arranged according to themes.
grown in attendance and therefore the
Viewers will recognize some stars
number of days in its offerings. With
from feature films and-TV. Adrien
15,000 viewers last year, there are two
Brody, who topped the cast of The
extra days of screening, one in
Pianist, is seen in Dummy. John
Birmingham and another in Windsor.
Pankow, who had a supporting role
"We watched 150
in TV's Mad About You,•is at
films
to come up with
the center of Advice e7
our
choices
for this year,
Dissent. Tom Bosley, who
and we have done our
was, a regular in the sitcom
scheduling to offer sub-
Happy Days, appears as him-
jects of special interest,"
self in Paper Clips.
Magidson says. "Since
"As we put together the
last year, we've each
program, we tried to fill- the
spent four or five hours
festival with both serious and
a week just watching
fun subjects," says Magidson.
films. We've tried to
"We looked for issues that
think as curators loOking
people across our community
for artistic products and
would care about."
developed a rating sys-
The Ann Arbor festival is
David M agidson
tem to supplement our
run by JCC Executive
personal feelings."
Director Leslie Bash and co-
The world view gets special empha-
chairs Elaine Margolis, Rachel Seel and
sis through Born in Buenos Aires,
Lisa Weiss. In Windsor, Ruth Berger,
which tells of Jewish struggles in a
Vivian Herzenberg and JCC Director
country coping with upheaval, and
Harvey Kessler are in charge of the festival.

The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the
Jews in Denmark, which captures the

Wide Variety

In addition to Paper Clips, another
film that takes viewers down South
is Shalom, rail. It has a Michigan
connection through writer-director
Brian Bain. The filmmaker, who
introduces the Southern Jewish cul-
ture as he leads viewers along the
route his grandfather followed as a
hat salesman, often visits the Detroit
area to see his maternal relatives.
"A few of the films we show have
been presented locally, but we felt a
lot of people didn't get a chance to see
them," Magidson says. "The Detroit
Film Theatre presented My Architect
and James' Journey to Jerusalem. The
comical cartoon Crunch Bird, by local
Academy Award-winning animator
Ted Petok, was shown in the area six
years ago, and we're going to have it
in its original 35 millimeter format."
My Architect tells about famed
designer Louis Kahn, whose personal
hours were divided among a wife, two
mistresses and children from all three.
James' Journey to Jerusalem follows a
young man from an African village as
he discovers the workings of capitalism.

creative and courageous work of sav-
ing Jewish Danes from the Nazis.
"We wanted to select films that
would take us out of ourselves,"
Magidson says. We want viewers to
enter the Jewish communities of the
world and see the various perspec-
tives of the filmmakers." El

For a complete listing of movie times
and locations, please see page 45.

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The sixth annual Lenore Marwil
Jewish Film Festival runs April
25-May 6 at four locations —
United Artists Theatres, - 14 Mile
and Haggerty, Commerce
Township; Birmingham 8
Theatres, 211 S. Old Woodward,
Birmingham; the Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann
Arbor; and the Palace Theatre,
300 Ouellette, Windsor. $8 per
ticket/ $95 passes to 25 screen-
ings/ $48 Ann Arbor passes.
(248) 432-5577 or
vvvvw.jccdet.org

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