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Table of Contents


1975 to 1980

First Festival, San Francisco 1975, 1

Filmex '77, Los Angeles,   1

Homage  to Hitchcock with Princess Grace, 4

A Cigar with Sam Fuller, 6

Lights Out in Venice, 9

1981 to 1990

Manila '83 -- Vanity of Vanities, 11

Cannes '83, Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence, 19

Midnight Curtain Call at Cannes, 21

Looking for Fassbinder and finding Divine, 22

Pesaro 1984, Mad Dog Miccighe, 28

Blazing Sun in Berlin, a City divided by a wall, 23

An aborted visit to East Berlin, 37

Spandau. a virtual visit to the last Nazi prison, 40

Godard hits town with a vengeance, 42

Raquel Welch in Tokyo, 43

The French film festival of Laguna Beach that never happened, 48


1991 to 2000

Meeting with a Hungarian Millionaire, 50

Traveling with a Nordic Amazon, 53

Coitus Interruptus at the Thermal hotel, 59

The Polish film school at "Woodge",  60

Gdynia '93, The annual review of Polish feature films, 68

A Polish delegate to an Egyptian film festival, 70

An impulse journey through the Middle East, 72

Magyar Film Szemle 1994, with three legendary directors, 79

First festival of the Midnight Sun,  82

Tango in Toronto,  86

The Barbican Yiddish Retrospective,  89

A tribute to Joseph Green and Molly Picon, 93

Mamele, (Little Mother), 101

Edward G. Ulmer -- The Poet of Poverty Row, 104

The Singing Blacksmith, 107

Maurice Schwartz, the definitive non-fiddling fiddler, 110

Dybbuk -- The Jewish Exorcist, 111

Black people speaking Yiddish,  116

The Jewish King Lear, 117

Sodankyla 1997, Return to the Festival of the Midnight Sun, 121

Gdynia '97: You'll die laughing from this picture!, 123

Sylvia Kristel in Latvia, 127


Turn of the Millennium

Bollywood in Budapest, 129

Berlin 2000, star power in a new Location

Mr. Death: The logic of the insane can sound Compelling, 138

Karlovy Vary, 2000: The back alley confrontation that never happened. 140

The Red Shoes Revisited,  142

Watching. 9/11 at a posh Polish hotel, 153

Hitler's Secretary, A sensation at Berlin 2002, 147



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