Thursday, January 22, 2015

New York Jewish Film Festival Spotlight: Natan

I’m excited to cover a few selections from the 24th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, which runs from January 14th-29th.

Directed by David Cairns
Screening January 28 at 3:15pm and 8:45pm

This incisive documentary shines a light on the life of Bernard Natan, the man behind Pathé studios, whose rich film history continues to be an influence on cinema today. What is revealed is a story of influence akin to many other film greats who have gone on to be remembered positively warped by efforts of those motivated by anti-Semitism and industry competition to malign Natan, a soldier in the French army in World War I, exposing an alleged resumé of pornography and a whole slew of other attacks. This is an important tribute to Natan’s legacy and his career, but it’s far from an inspirational or uplifting showcase of any of his successes.

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