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If ever a movie was smiled upon by the film exhibition gods, this is it. Only several weeks after the US government’s announcement that it had broken up a secret cell of Russian spies, and then arranged a spy swap with Russia, along comes Salt, and what’s it about? A secret network of Russian agents! And how you ask does it begin? Why, with a spy swap! (Okay, this one is with North Korea, but that’s close enough.)

Killing Kasztner

When American filmmaker and videographer Gaylen Ross asked people she encountered two years ago on Tel Aviv streets who Israel Kasztner was, most either didn’t know or had an inaccurate memory of his identity. Yet, in the 1950s and into the 1960s, Kasztner was the focus of intense controversy in Israel, the complainant in a notorious, tabloid-touted libel trial, and the eventual subject of a decision by the Israeli Supreme Court. By the time of that decision, Kasztner was dead, however. He was assassinated on March 3, 1957, and his convicted killer, Ze’ev Eckstein, is a major participant in Ross’ documentary, Killing Kasztner.

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