In his new book, “We’ll Always Have Casablanca,” film historian Noah Isenberg gives a rich account of this beloved movie’s origins. Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca’s production, focusing in particular on the central role of […] Read more – ‘Feb 28, 2017, Center for Jewish History: We’ll Always Have Casablanca’.
A Pedagogical Projection presented by J. Hoberman As a reviewer and a teacher, I tend to think in double bills. Two movies considered together invariably enrich each other, particularly if they are shown simultaneously. This is something I have done in various ways (superimposed, alternated, side by side) for various reasons (to save time, to […] Read more – ‘June 14 at 7 pm, Light Industry: White House Butler Down’.
ARTIST FOCUS: YAEL BARTANA …And Europe Will Be Stunned. Yael Bartana. Poland, 2007-11; 60m Nightmares / Mary Koszmary , Wall and Tower / Mur I wieza, Assassination / Zamach As modern Zionism was born with Theodor Herzl’s novel Altneuland, so artist Yael Bartana willed into existence a reverse Zionism, the not-quite-fictitious or entirely ironic Jewish Renaissance […] Read more – ‘January 21 at 9 PM, Walter Reade Theater: New York Jewish Film Festival’.
FURTHER RITUALS OF RENTED ISLAND, PROG. 3: RALSTON FARINA PRESENTED BY J. HOBERMAN! Tonight we premiere a number of recently unearthed and newly digitized videos that capture this mysterious performance artist in action. Over the decades, Farina has fallen into near-complete obscurity, in large part because he did not want his work documented. Writing about […] Read more – ‘January 17 at Anthology Film Archives: Ralston Farina Performance Tapes’.
Alice Gregory will be reading for n+1, legendary film critic J. Hoberman for Verso, and poets Leigh Stein and Nicole Sealey for Melville House and Cave Canem, respectively. Dumbo Lit 7–10 PM, PowerHouse Arena 37 Main Street, Brooklyn More information here Read more – ‘June 5, PowerHouse: Reading’.
2012 Biennial Film & Video Conversation, Sunday, April 8, 2012 4 PM Thom Andersen’s films investigate the past and present of Los Angeles through architecture, music, and images from Hollywood movies. Today, Andersen discusses his work with legendary film critic J. Hoberman, whose recent book An Army of Phantoms likewise looks at American history through […] Read more – ‘April 8, Whitney Museum: In Conversation with Thom Andersen’.
Special Event! J. Hoberman in person! Quid est veritas? Explore the movi-verse, relive the horror of the Bush years—Katrina, Iraq, 9/11, all allegorized and superimposed! Ken Jacobs’s A Good Night for the Movies changed the world and showed the way. Now, hysteria reigns, synchronicity rules, and consciousness gets crazy mixed-up! Get info… Interview (with Ken […] Read more – ‘Feb 18, Walter Reade: LAND PASSION WAR OF THE DEAD CHRIST WORLDS’.
From Samuel Goldwyn to Steven Spielberg, Jewish producers, directors, writers and actors helped shape cinema’s evolution as both an industry and an art form. A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, and Daphne Merkin, journalist and former film critic for The New Yorker, join J. Hoberman, senior film critic for the Village Voice, […] Read more – ‘Dec 13: Jews and Film’.
For a not-so-brief moment in the late 1960s and early ’70s, a new wave of Jewish leading men and women (including Dustin Hoffman, Elliott Gould, George Segal and Barbra Streisand) took Hollywood by storm, emerging among the most popular stars of the era and appearing in many films that, per the critic J. Hoberman, “featured […] Read more – ‘Nov 3-13, Walter Reade: Hollywood’s “Jew Wave”’.
Longtime Village Voice film critic and prolific cultural historian J. Hoberman returns to the Wexner Center for a brief series inspired by his recent book An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. The book examines the synergy between American politics and popular culture during the first decade of the […] Read more – ‘October 20: Wexner Center, Columbus’.