Benjamin Ivry


'The King' and Us

By Benjamin Ivry

'The King' and Us
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein are the Jewish kings of the American musical. How could they have been so shockingly insensitive — even racist — in their epic ‘The King and I’?Read More


Was Our Greatest Composer-Critic an Unrepentant Anti-Semite?

By Benjamin Ivry

Was Our Greatest Composer-Critic an Unrepentant Anti-Semite?
Virgil Thomson, subject of a new Library of America series, produced admirable works. But his offensive statements about Aaron Copland and George Gershwin are cause for scrutiny.Read More


Alice in Anti-Semitic Land

By Benjamin Ivry

Alice in Anti-Semitic Land
A new book defends Lewis Carroll against accusations of pedophilia. But Benjamin Ivry asks why it leaves his controversial statements about Jews unexplained.Read More


The Joy of Gene Saks

By Benjamin Ivry

The Joy of Gene Saks
Gene Saks, director of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and countless other plays, has died at 93. Ben Ivry remembers Saks’s reputation as a creative artist and a Jewish thinker.Read More


Jerusalem Cinematheque and Film Festival Founder Lia Van Leer Dies at 90

By Benjamin Ivry

Jerusalem Cinematheque and Film Festival Founder Lia Van Leer Dies at 90
Lia Van Leer, who founded the Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheque as well as the Israeli Film Archive and Jerusalem Film Festival, has died at age 90. Benjamin Ivry remembers the considerable imprint she left on Israeli cinema.Read More



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