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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

It's not Hitchcock, but it could have been

By Bruce Dancis




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) "Night Train to Munich" was not directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but the stylish espionage thriller has been linked to the Master of Suspense ever since its release in 1940. While a new DVD of the film reveals many connections to Hitchcock and his body of work, it also demonstrates the obvious talent of young English director Carol Reed and his fine cast (Criterion Collection, $29.95, not rated). Reed would later make the taut post-war thrillers "Odd Man Out" and "The Third Man" before finally winning an Oscar late in his career for the musical "Oliver!"


Set in the year leading up to Germany's invasion of Poland and the start of World War II in September 1939, "Night Train to Munich" tells the story of a Czech scientist (James Harcourt) and his adult daughter (played by Margaret Lockwood, one of Britain's biggest film stars at the time) trying to escape the clutches of the Gestapo. It's a chase that extends from Prague to London to Berlin to Munich before its climactic scene in the Swiss Alps. Rex Harrison, in his first major leading role, costars as a British double agent, while the Austrian actor Paul Von Hernried (who would later become famous in America as Paul Henreid, the costar of "Casablanca" and "Now, Voyager") appears in a crucial supporting part.


The DVD's two main special features, a new 29-minute video conversation with film historians Bruce Babington and Peter Evans, authors of books on the screenwriters Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder and director Reed, and an essay by film critic Philip Kemp, provide needed background material about the movie's genesis, cast and crew, and historical context.


Kemp cites film historian William K. Everson's contention that Hitchcock would have "undoubtedly" been assigned to direct "Night Train to Munich" had he stayed in Britain. Like "The Lady Vanishes," the next-to-last British film directed by Hitchcock before he moved to Hollywood, "Night Train to Munich" includes many tense moments on a railroad train and shares the same leading lady (Lockwood), screenwriters (Gilliat and Launder) and two characters, British salesmen Charters and Caldicott (Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne) on board to provide comic relief. Like Hitchcock, Reed brings to the film a comic touch that complements the story's non-stop tension and a visual style that often uses imagery in the place of dialogue. And the screenwriters employ such Hitchcockian touches as providing a leading couple who at first do not get along, and a suave (and surprising) villain.


But there are major differences between "The Lady Vanishes" and "Night Train to Munich," much of them having to do with the outbreak of war. Where "The Lady Vanishes," released in 1938, somewhat veiled its anti-German point of view, "Night Train to Munich" makes it explicit with documentary newsreel footage of German soldiers marching into conquered nations, ranting speeches by Hitler and scenes set in concentration camps.


Made in early 1940, "Night Train to Munich" captures the British mindset as the nation was confronting a Germany that had already conquered most of Europe and was threatening to invade England. It features daring secret agents and plucky ordinary citizens fighting to save their country, as well as dry humor directed against the Nazis. A running joke has one of the British salesmen trying to learn about the Germans by reading Hitler's "Mein Kampf."


Some lines, however, will seem harsh and insensitive to modern viewers. When Lockwood's character first meets Harrison's and they begin their love-hate relationship, he had been posing as a not very good street singer at an English seaside resort. Her critical comment to him -- "Nothing that happened to me in that concentration camp was quite as dreadful as listening to you day after day singing those appalling songs" -- would be in particular bad taste from a post-1945 context, when the Nazis' genocidal policies became well known to the world. But in 1940, concentration camps were still viewed as brutally harsh prisons, not centers for the extermination of millions of human beings..


If there's a weakness in "Night Train to Munich," it is the film's budget constraints that prevented the scenes in the Swiss Alps from appearing realistic. The mountains look terribly fake, even by 1940 standards.


But this is easily offset by Gilliat and Launder's clever and intrigue-filled screenplay, strong performances by the cast -- Lockwood makes an appealing and intelligent heroine, while Harrison exhibits the aristocratic "annoyance," "detachment" and "flippancy" (as Babington and Evans put it) that would become the trademarks of his long career -- and the vibrancy of Reed's direction. In leading this fast-paced, well-plotted and extremely suspenseful thriller to its abrupt but satisfying conclusion, Reed showed himself to be a worthy successor to Alfred Hitchcock.

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