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From the Editor: Old Souls

Vienna is a city of legends more than ever  these days, with podiums and forums filled with the faces and voices of some of Austria’s most distinguished émigrés, several covered in this month’s issue of The Vienna Review (pp. 4, 20, 32). They are all Jewish intellectuals, people of great talent, drive and accomplishment, who […]

A Palme d’Or For Haneke

A Palme d’Or For Haneke

Austrian director Michael Haneke was awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or for Best Feature Film, Sunday, May 24 at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, for his most recent movie The White Ribbon. The day before, the same movie had received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) prize as well. It is the third time that […]

Meeting with the Mogul

Meeting with the Mogul

He had been described to me as an old man – you know, someone weak of voice, hard of hearing, perhaps with a glimmer of youth still in his eye. Then I met Eric Pleskow, whose walking stick is merely an accessory as he marches forth into the next encounter. His pace cannot have lost […]

Augarten Dreams

Augarten Dreams

On a steamy day in late August, the Augarten closed over me, a place of retreat from the baked concrete and piping hot pavement between the park gates and my apartment several blocks away. The cool breeze is seductive in this fine old baroque park in the Leopoldstadt – Vienna’s 2nd District, and the smell […]

Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Hollywood mogul Eric Pleskow was back in town on Feb. 26 at the invitation of Mayor Michael Häupl to accept the mantle of  Honorary Citizen of Vienna at a special ceremony in the Rathaus. It was a remarkable occasion, no matter how you looked at it – a celebration of film and forgiveness, of a […]

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