Playback: Lunch vs. Watermarks

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Lunch

Dir: Donna Kanter • USA • 2012 • 78 mins • English

This ode to film and TV’s Golden Age is a fly-on-the-wall peek at amiable showbiz scribes who have swapped jokes, mused on their health, and kibbitzed about their careers for 40 years. At an LA deli, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Monty Hall, Arthur Hiller and other Hollywood greats ritually razz for hours over matzo balls and brisket, as favored server Valerie regularly steps on their punch lines. The camaraderie of these fabled funnymen is captured by filmmaker Donna Kanter’s moving tribute to earned wisdom, longevity and fellowship.

 

Watermarks

Dir: Yaron Zilberman • Israel • 2004 • 80 mins • English, Hebrew, German, with subtitles

The fabled Jewish sports club Hakoah (strength in Hebrew) Vienna, founded in 1909 when Austria banned Jewish athletes from sports clubs, was known in the ‘30s for its champion women swimmers who shattered anti-Semitic stereotypes. When they refused to swim for Austria in the ‘36 Olympics, they were stripped of their medals, and members fled as Hitler annexed Austria in ‘38. Aging with grace, their bonds are renewed when director Yaron Zilberman meets them and sets up a reunion in their former pool, evoking memories of youthful triumphs.


 
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