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All this talk of movies...

Discussion in 'Messianic Judaism' started by simchat_torah, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. simchat_torah

    simchat_torah Got Torah?

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    Name one of your favorite Jewish films and one that you want to see but haven't yet.

    Movie I've seen:

    One of my all time favorites has got to be Life Is Beautiful. Robert Benigni is a modern day Charlie Chaplinesque actor who delivers his screentime with emotion and simplicity. The movie centers around Benigni and his son as they are taken away to a Jewish concentration camp during WW2 (well, only the second half of the movie... the first half is pretty much a beautiful love story between him and his wife to be). To keep his son from the horrors of what is taking place around them, he tells his son it is all a game. Benigni allows you to feel the true despair of the prison camp through humor. Sounds offensive, but it is an amazingly beautiful movie.

    Roberto Benigni co-wrote, directed and stars in this comedy-drama.

    btw, its in Italian.
    (unfortunately, I can't find a good download for the trailer, most seem to be borked)


    Movie I'd like to see:

    Ushpizin
    (official site:
    http://www.ushpizin.com)
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  2. Wags

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    I loved Life is Beautiful! Normally I hate dealing with subtitles, but by the end of the movie I hardly even noticed them and I swear I could understand Italian.

    I also like The Pianist.

     
  3. stone

    stone Senior Contributor Supporter

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    Is Woody Allen jewish?
     
  4. P_G

    P_G Pastor - ד ע ה - The Lunch Lady

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    Is the Pope Catholic? :)

    PG
     
  5. Jezzy

    Jezzy New Member

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    I agree about The Pianist. Polanski did a great job on that.
     
  6. stone

    stone Senior Contributor Supporter

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    I haven't seen or heard of any of these new movies, but i do enjoy Woody Allen films.
     
  7. Wags

    Wags Senior Veteran

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    Life is Beautiful & The Pianist aren't new - they've been out for several years and should be available for rent/purchase...
     
  8. simchat_torah

    simchat_torah Got Torah?

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    nor are they Woody Allen flicks. ;)
     
  9. Tishri1

    Tishri1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Has anyone seen "The Devil's Arithmetic" WOW....[​IMG]

    [SIZE=+1]"This book/movie is about a Jewish teenager who--much like me at that age--hated the idea of having to remember so much Jewish history and ritual. At a family seder, she opens the door to Elijah and finds herself whirled back in time to a Polish Jewish shtetl in the 1940s. There, though she alone understands what will happen to the villagers, she is taken with them to a concentration camp. This is a story of the quiet heroism in the camps and why we must bear witness to history."


    [/SIZE]There is even a homeschool packet for those older kids who read the book and can use it for a school assignment

    http://www.enotes.com/devils-arithmetic-lesson/72167
     
  10. Mirelys

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    Life Is Beautiful and the Pianist have already been mentioned so...
    I guess all I can add is Yentl. I LOVE that movie :D
     
  11. insaneinthebrain

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    I just added this to my Netflix queue, so you better be right about it. *shakes fist*














    (just kidding :p)
     
  12. Talmidah

    Talmidah היום כולם יודעים - הרב כהנא צדק

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    I just asked my daughter Chanah about Devil's Arithmetic about and she said "Oh! That movie is horrible! It is sooooo different from the book. People should read the book and not waste their time with the movie!"
     
  13. Tishri1

    Tishri1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    you will need kleenex:cry:

    let me know when you get it I have it in my Queue too!^_^
     
  14. plum

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    I can't wait to see Ushpizin! It was only showing in one theater 2 hours from me. So when it hits DVD... woo!

    Am I lame for loving Fiddler on the Roof?

    Life is BEautiful is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I adore it!
     
  15. Torah

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    Devil's Arithmetic Have this on and is very good.
    "Miracle at morcanx" This is about
    Three Jewish kids trying to get out of Nazi held land and end up at a Catholics school for a short time. The ending is good. & a Great Chanukah story. Another movie I give a thumps up to is:thumbsup: “The next Voice you hear” It’s about a family back in the 30's with every day life's troubles when one night on the radio [BT Before Television] G-d speaks to the world and is going to speak each night for 7 days. With “James Whitmore” & Nance Davis – [to become “Nance Regain”]


    PS. All books are better than a movie. But try to tell a kid that. lol ;)
     
  16. Torah

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    Life Is Beautiful is a very good movie. “It’s in Italian”? I bought it on a discount rack at a local move rental for $3.00 and it’s in English.
     
  17. Torah

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    “Munich” [sorry for spelling] by Spielberg was very graphic and nasty, to much sex. His point that believe he was trying to get across was you send hit men to kill us, we send hit men to kill you. And the turmoil in this hit mans life. I'm sorry I saw it. But that's just "me".
     
  18. simchat_torah

    simchat_torah Got Torah?

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    Yup, its an Italian movie. I've seen the English version floating around, but the dubs are so horrible I reccomend staying away from it and just getting the normal subtitled version.
     
  19. BrEnDiNo99

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    shinders list was also a really great movie
     
  20. simchat_torah

    simchat_torah Got Torah?

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    I believe the movie actually had two main pionts:

    1) Murder is never justified.

    and more importantly-

    2) "Innocent" will always be hurt by murder.

    While the group of Jews who were sent out to vindicate the slain Israelis tried desperately to keep safe anyone safe who was not on their list, others were always hurt. Whether it be physically or emotionally.

    The Jews would debate Rabbinic commentary, "Is this murder justified?" They would go back and forth. They would also take careful note of who was being affected by these revenge killings. Family members, innocent bystanders, etc.

    It is a very difficult movie to swallow, and definately has some language, violence, and sex scenes that are not intended for the younger audience. However, its message is deep and profound for those who can stomach its contents.

    -Yafet
     
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