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Review: Nora’s Will (Atlanta Jewish Film Festival) by hmablogmaster
Nora's Will

Nora's Will

If you missed Nora’s Will at the High’s 2009 Latin American Film Festival, here’s your chance to catch it. It screens at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, January 17 at 1 p.m. (introduced by Linda Dubler) and Friday, January 22 at 3:40 p.m. (introduced by Eleanor Ringel Cater).

Visit www.ajff.org for more information, and read on for Eleanor’s review of the film.

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Five Questions for Matthew Bernstein by Linda Dubler
Matthew Bernstein

Matthew Bernstein

Matthew Bernstein is professor, chair and director of the Graduate Film Studies Program at Emory University. For twelve years he has introduced and led discussions as host of the  Cinema Club, which now meets at the Midtown Art Cinema on Sunday mornings. He is active in the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and is the author of  Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television (2009) and Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent (2000) among many works. He recently answered five questions for us.

Linda Dubler: Is there a movie that changed your life?

Matthew Bernstein: Too many to count.   But Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game really made me realize how amazingly complex and profound movies could be.  My first movie date with my wife, shortly after we met, was Last Tango in Paris.

Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game

Linda: What’s the first film you remember seeing?

Matthew: The Ipress File.  I was scared to death by the torture scenes with Michael Caine at the end.

Linda: Who’s the most underrated director of the past decade?

Matthew:  Hmmmm.  Todd Fields.  Todd Haynes?  Susanne Bier?

Linda: Would you share with us  your favorite reviewers/critics/blogs/movie resources?

Matthew: A.O. Scott, Manola Darhgis, David Denby, Kenneth Turan, Eleanor Ringel.

Linda: Five movies that Films at the High audience members should see this year?

Matthew: District 9 (if they can stand it); Up; Lemon Tree; Food, Inc.; The Wave; Everlasting Moments.

Five Questions for Kenny Blank by Linda Dubler

Kenny Blank is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the second largest Jewish film festival in the United States. The AJFF attracts an audience of 17,000 during its 12 days of screenings and is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year. Next year’s festival will take place January 13-24, 2010 in movie theaters across the city.

Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Here are Kenny’s responses to five questions posed to him by Linda Dubler, Curator of Media Arts at the High.

Kenny: Gosh, these are such hard questions! I hate giving definitive answers, because there never is a simple response. But here goes . . .

The movie that changed my life: Lawrence of Arabia

I first remember seeing: Star Wars

A great, underrated director: David Cronenberg

My favorite resources for news and reviews: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic

Five recent movies that Films at the High audience members should see:

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