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The Concert | Film review

17 July 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Romanian-born Franco-Israeli writer-director Radu Mihaileanu made a most affecting picture five years ago called Live and Become, chronicling the life over 20 years of an Ethiopian child passed off by his dying mother as a Jewish refugee during Operation Moses, Mossad's 1984 airlift of persecuted Ethiopian Jews, and reared in Israel and France as a Jew. His latest picture, The Concert, which deals obliquely with a similar situation in reverse, is much less satisfactory. The central character is Andrei Filipov (Aleksei Guskov), a once famous Soviet conductor purged by the Kgb in 1980 for his dangerously decent treatment of Jewish musicians and now a cleaner at the Bolshoi. One day he discovers a fax inviting the Bolshoi orchestra (which he despises) to fill in at a prominent Parisian theatre. He conceals the message and gets together a band of fellow Russian outcasts to fill the date. There's a good comic idea here »

- Philip French

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The Infidel | Film review

10 April 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Baddiel's story of a Muslim man who discovers he is Jewish unfolds in a series of inventive, often very funny encounters, says Philip French

Ethnic identity and the troubling competition between religious groups have been perennial subjects for both tragedy and comedy, and for the melodramatic and sentimental spaces in between. Now with The Infidel, the author and Jewish stand-up David Baddiel, one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain, has thrown himself into the fray at a time when the stakes are perhaps higher than ever before. Will he succeed where others have failed and how would his success be measured?

One of the most popular plays of the 1920s, Abie's Irish Rose, about the love affair between young Jewish and Irish New Yorkers, is now remembered largely for a couplet in Rogers and Hart's "Manhattan" ("Our future babies we'll take to Abie's Irish Rose/ I »

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