Articles by Michael Fox


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Roth’s autobiographical ‘Indignation’ reaches the screen

For his directorial debut, veteran producer and writer James Schamus chose a Philip Roth novel set during a turning point in the Jewish-American experience. “Indignation” unfolds in 1951, when opportunities and prospects for young Jewish professionals were just beginning to expand. “Indignation” opened Friday, July 29, in various markets and opens Aug. 4 at Shea…



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Yiddish cabaret numbers elevate “To Life”

Ruth Weintraub has mastered the art of keeping her Jewish past at bay. But now, evicted from her beloved Berlin apartment of 35 years and placed in ugly, unwelcoming public housing, she opts to stop struggling. Jonas is nearly half a century younger and less skilled at evading the future (and his girlfriend). So he…



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Jews receive a mixed welcome at “Downton Abbey”

Jewish characters finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite manners and the perfectly calibrated amount of modest warmth, series creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a good deal less hospitable. Fellowes has devised a nuclear…



Film Review: Hello, I Must Be Going

The word “plastics” is never uttered in the coming-of-age dramatic comedy Hello I Must Be Going. It’s kind of a shame, for Sarah Koskoff’s wry, poignant screenplay evokes The Graduate in so many other ways. Both films unfold in Jewish homes headed by self-absorbed parents and located in upper-middle-class enclaves. Tellingly, none of the assimilated…



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