Ephraim Kishon's 1971 comedy The Policeman is considered a classic of Israeli cinema. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Globe in the same category. The film stars Shaike Ophir as Avraham Azoulay, a naive policeman who compensates for his lack of ability as an officer with a generous and caring heart. But Azoulay is too nice, a serious fault for an officer of the law, so his superiors devise a plan to get him off the force without embarrassing him. They stage a crime for him to solve, enabling them to give him an honorable retirement. In the meantime, Azoulay falls in love with Mimi, a wry and street-smart prostitute. Though a dud as an officer, he proves that there's still room in the world for a kind and bighearted man. Ophir gives an earnest and multilayered performance in a role that was created for his specific brand of dopey comedy. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-729-3200 or visit www.erjcchouston.org. $10.
Thu., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2012