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Happy Birthday to Eytan Fox

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Eytan Fox, one of Israel’s most acclaimed filmmakers, turns 52 today. When I interviewed him some years ago, I found him to be funny and deep. Walk on Water (2004), his most famous film, is both a social critique and a work of suspense.

It explores Israeli and Palestinian politics, the Israeli youth scene (including gay culture), and the horrific history that laid the groundwork for the Jewish state. In the interview, Fox discusses the macho ethos of his country as it relates to his experience as a veteran of the Israeli army and as a gay man. •

Feature image courtesy of David Shankbone via Flickr (Creative Commons). 

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Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English and Dean of the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is the author of 12 books, including six scholarly/nonfiction works on literature and film, and six novels, some spin-offs on Jane Austen and Shakespeare, and a thriller involving the James family and Jack the Ripper. She is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, The Yale Review, and The American Scholar, a co-editor of jml: Journal of Modern Literature, and the host of the nationally distributed television interview show, The Civil Discourse (formerly The Drexel InterView). Her latest book, Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us about Empathy (formerly The Drexel InterView), has just been published by Yale UP.

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