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Epic Proportions

Maltz Museum unspools Jewish film classic over and over. And over.

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Continuous screenings of a 1960 Paul Newman blockbuster help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's statehood today at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage's Exodus Film Marathon.The movie stars "that nice Jewish boy from Cleveland," who plays a former captain of the British Army's Jewish Brigade, trying to smuggle more than 600 immigrants into Palestine at the end of World War II. Along the way, he falls in love with a nurse played by Eva Marie Saint. Directed by Otto Preminger, the film is based on Leon Uris' 1958 novel. "It's a classic epic of its time and also a rousing Zionist love fest," says Lynda Bender, the museum's education director, who first saw the film in the '60s. "It was hugely popular. Its theme song was played by every Jewish piano student in living rooms across the country." The film unreels at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. today at the Maltz Museum of Jewish History, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood. Admission is $5. Call 216-593-0575 or visit www.maltzjewishmuseum.org.
Wed., May 14, 10 a.m., 2 & 6 p.m., 2008

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