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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36 

Wednesday, Jul 20 2016

For its 36th year, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival brings a week and a half of delicious cinematic noshes to the Castro Theatre and beyond. Highlights include Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a documentary about the legendary producer who not only created some of the funniest and most relevant sitcoms of the 1970s (All in the Family, Maude, Fernwood 2 Night), but some of the best television comedy of all time. Mark Rappaport — director of the best film documentary you've never seen, From the Journals of Jean Seberg — returns with I, Dalio (or The Rules of the Game), a look at the bifurcated career of the French actor Marcel Dalio, who tended to play unpleasant Jewish stereotypes in classic 1930s French films before fleeing to America and playing slightly less unpleasant French stereotypes in classic 1940s American films. Another actor who straddled worlds is remembered in For the Love of Spock, Adam Nimoy's remembrance of his late father, Leonard, with Adam in person. And just like how you don't have to be a Star Trek fan to be moved by the Nimoy tribute, you don't have to be a sportsball aficionado to appreciate Dani Menkin's On the Map, about the Israeli basketball team's unexpected victory over the Soviets in 1977.


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