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The Wedding Plan

wedding plan

May 8, 2017.  Israeli writer and director Rama Burshtein’s new film, “The Wedding Plan,” opens on May 12. I saw “The Wedding Plan” as part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

I went into “The Wedding Plan” with a lot of expectations, which sadly were not met. Burshtein’s previous film, “Fill the Void” (2012), is a real favorite of mine. In fact I use “Fill the Void” in the “Introduction to Sociology” classes that I teach at CUNY Queens College. I use it to illustrate ideas and concepts about social structure structure, social institutions and culture. Due to my teaching schedule, I see “Fill the Void” between six and seven times a year and never tire of it. Read the rest of this entry


“The Silent Roar” – At Film Forum, through February 6

Roman Novarro in "Ben Hur" 1925

On Monday, November 21, I attended a screening of the 1925 silent movie version of “Ben Hur” at Film Forum.  The screening was part of “The Silent Roar,” Film Forum’s Monday night series, now through February 6. The series highlights films produced by Metro Goldwyn Meyer (MGM) during the studio’s first five years,1924 – 1929, during which it had a string of hits.

MGM claimed to have “more stars than there are in heaven.”  John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton, Marion Davies and Joan Crawford all starred in MGM’s silent movies.  Directors included Erich von Stroheim, Victor Sjostrom, King Vidor and Fred Niblo. Read the rest of this entry