Oh, God!

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Oh, God!

“A treasure of a movie… lighthearted, satirical, and humorous and (that rarest of qualities) in good taste.” (Roger Ebert)

Oh, God! is Carl Reiner’s love letter to Frank Capra’s feel-good movies. It is a sly, civilized, and funny speculation on what might happen if God presented himself in the flesh…this time looking and talking exactly like George Burns (who indeed plays the part). The “common man” God chooses to meet is Jerry Landers (a pitch-perfect John Denver). Landers becomes a kind of contemporary version of Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and like Mr. Smith, Mr. Landers prevails because he is decent, honest, and true. The celebrated cast also includes Teri Garr, Paul Sorvino, and Ralph Bellamy

Celebrating Carl Reiner

The beloved comedian, actor, director, and writer Carl Reiner (born on March 20, 1922) has enjoyed a career spanning seven decades and many mediums. Reiner wrote for and acted on Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour in the 1950s. In the next decade, he was best known as The Dick Van Dyke Show’s creator, director, producer, writer, and comic straight man (Alan Brady)His extraordinary film successes began in the 1970s, especially in vehicles cowritten with and starring Steve Martin.

And who can forget his performances—with Mel Brooks in “2000 Year Old Man” and in films including The Russians Are Coming, the Russian are Coming (1966) and the Ocean’s series? Carl Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy.

These days, Reiner is busy with many things, including Twitter, where he maintains a lively presence, recently announcing that he “wants to live until 2020 to vote Trump out of office.” We’re thrilled that he’s taking time to join us via Skype during this celebration!

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.

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