Cinema: Making It

THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ

Directed by TED KOTCHEFF

Screenplay by MORDECAI RICHLER

"You're a little Jew boy on the make," someone tells young Duddy Kravitz. He has already been called the kind of "cretinous little moneygrubber who causes anti-Semitism," so there is clearly something in Buddy's dervish anxiety to succeed that rubs people the wrong way. It can be said, too, in favor of this sharp, funny movie that Buddy's desperate acquisitiveness is not sentimentalized or apologized for. It is only well understood.

The movie is set in Montreal from the late 1940s onward...

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