The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-13
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Most people have seen Exodus, Fiddler on the Roof, Yentl, and Schindler's List--well-known films with obvious Jewish subjects. But the Jewish experience in film is far richer than this. Over the past century, Jewish-themed films have emerged from the Americas, Europe, Israel, and North Africa. This remarkable anthology brings together 54 new and classic essays by 49 scholars in 8 countries to analyze the Jewish presence in world cinema. Baron surveys the approaches employed to study historical films and how they have been applied to Jewish cinema. He then moves on to several thematic sections containing essays on films grouped by period and region or organized around a central event or issue. These include European Jewry's acculturation, responses to oppression and belated emancipation; the American Jewish immigrant experience; the Zionist experiment; the Holocaust; postwar American Jewish life; Jewish international films; and contemporary Israeli and American Jewish cinema. An appendix offers a listing of alternate films. Designed for classroom use, as well as for programming at film festivals, JCCs, and synagogues, the volume provides teachers and program organizers with flexibility to select from a range of movies. It includes chapter-based bibliographies of additional readings and links to appropriate web resources.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Wandering Views
Advancement and Animosity in Western Europe, 1874-1924
One of Us? Contesting Disraeli's Jewishness and Englishness in the Twentieth Century
Representing the Past and Present in The Life of Emile Zola
The Dreyfus Affair According to HBO
Renoir's La Grande Illusion and the "Jewish Question"
Bigotry, Manhood, and Moral Certitude in an Age of Individualism
The Shtetl on the Precipice: Eastern Europe, 1881-1921
Fiddling with Sholem Aleichem: A History of Fiddler on the Roof
Yentl: From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrome
Redressing the Commissar: Thaw Cinema Revises Soviet Structuring Myths
Cinema as Site of Memory: The Dybbuk and the Burden of Holocaust Commemoration
The Americanization of the Jewish Immigrant, 1880-1932
From Hollywood to Hester Street: Ghetto Film, Melodrama, and the Image of the Assimilated Jew in Hungry Hearts
The Right Film at the Right Time: Hester Street as a Reflection of Its Era
Cultural Erosion and the (Br)other at the Gateway of Sound Cinema
Ethnic and Discursive Drag in Woody Allen's Zelig
Uncle Moses: The First Artistic Yiddish Sound Film
Revolutionary Alternatives: Zionism and Communism, 1880-1932
The Birth of a Language, or the Man Who Loved Hebrew
Zionism, Trauma, and New Identity: They Were Ten Revisited
Jews of Steel
The Holocaust and its Repercussions
Muffled Music
"There Has Never Been Anti-Semitism in Italy": The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
"All Men Are Jews": Tragic Transcendence in Kadar's The Shop on Main Street
History, Memory, and Art in Louis Malle's Au revoir les enfants
A Reel Witness: Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List
The Pianist and Its Contexts: Polanski's Narration of Holocaust Evasion and Survival
A Hungarian Holocaust Saga: Fateless
Filming the Text of Witness: Francesco Rosi's The Truce
Our Children: Responding to the Holocaust
"Teach Me Gold": Pedagogy and Memory in The Pawnbroker
"What Is the Way?" Finding Meaning and Purpose after the Holocaust
Israel's Heroic Years, 1947-67
Filming the Israeli War of Independence
Screening the Birth of a Nation: Exodus Revisited
Women, Zionism, and Persecution in Iraq: The Story of Herzlia Lokai and Her Imprisonment in Baghdad
From Black to White: Changing Images of Mizrahim in Israeli Cinema
Acceptance in Postwar America, 1945-77
The Chosen: The Jew as Both American and Alien
Jew and Not-Jew: Anti-Semitism and the Postwar Hollywood Social Problem Film
Southern Jewishness on Screen
Jewish Women and the Dilemmas of America's Postwar Middle Class
Of Lox and Columbus: Jewish and American Themes in Goodbye, Columbus
A Serious Film
When Chippewa Falls Meets Manhattan
A Diverse Diaspora
Like a Bride: The Chicken and the Egg
The American Dream on St. Urbain Street: Richler's Duddy Kravitz and Canadian Cinema
Jewish Assimilation in Hungary, the Holocaust, and Epic Film: Reflections on Szabo's Sunshine
Burman's Ode to El Once Neighborhood: The Lost Embrace
Sexuality, Orthodoxy, and Modernity in France: North African Jewish Immigrants in Karin Albou's La Petite Jerusalem
Contemporary Israeli Experiences
Munich: A Bitter Fruit on the Olive Branch
Dancing Solo in the Lebanese Mud
Beta Israel in the State of Israel
Love in Search of Belief, Belief in Search of Love
The Arrangement: Time of Favor
Contemporary American Jewish Identities
Jewish New York in Crossing Delancey
Torch Song Trilogy: Gay and Jewish Foundations
Against Tribalism: David Mamet's Homicide
Self-Criticism in Public
Keeping the Faith: A Multicultural Jazz Singer
Appendix: Alternate Films
Contributor Biographies
Image Credits
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