"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mr. Baum by Assi Dayan

In light of the fact that I have been suggesting films for Selichot -- here is a posting from Rabbi Marc Rosenstein from the Galilee Center for Values Education. Rabbi Rosenstein recently took up the position as Director of the Israeli Rabbinic Program at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

"A number of years ago Amy Kronish recommended to us a film for Selichot -- a little known film but very appropriate for Selichot -- Mr. Baum, directed by Assi Dayan, 1997. Although the film has some moderate vulgarity (after all, it's a film by Assi Dayan!), the subject matter is very strong. It is the story of a Tel Aviv middle-aged man who is told one morning by his doctor that he has 90 minutes left to live.

The film, 90 minutes in length, shows how he spends these last 90 minutes. With humor and wisdom, it brings up many interesting questions about what is important in our lives, what is in our control, and about any regrets that we might have.

Our community at Shorashim liked the film so much as a Selichot program that we have brought it back a number of times during the years."

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