The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity:
Immigrants from Europe and Scandinavia












Eastern European Americans
Irish Americans
Italian Americans
Scandinavian Americans
Western and Southern Europe

The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Jews in Motion Pictures
The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Immigrants within Europe

Carr, Steven Alan. "From Street Scene to Dead End: Hollywood and the Urban Ethnic Imigrant [Immigrant], 1931-1937." In: La memoire des villes = The memory of cities Saint-Etienne : Publications de l'Universite de Saint-Etienne, 2003. (ENVI: PN56.C55 M46 2003)
Clapp, James A. " Streets of Gold: Immigrants in the City and the Cinema." Visual Anthropology; Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p1-19, 19p UC users only
Cortés, Carlos. "The Immigrant in Film: Evolution of an Illuminating Icon." In: Beyond the stars: Vol 1. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller.Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1990- (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990)
Davies, Jude. Gender, ethnicity and sexuality in contemporary American film (MAIN: PN1995.9.S45 D38 2000; ETHN: PN1995.9.S45 D38 2000)
Unspeakable images : ethnicity and the American cinema Edited by Lester D. Friedman. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1991. (MAIN: PN1995.9.M56 U57 1991; MOFF: PN1995.9.M56 U57 1991; ETHN: PN1995.9.M56 U57 1991; PFA : PN1995.9.M56 U57 1991)
Within our gates : ethnicity in American feature films, 1911-1960 Alan Gevinson, editor. Berkeley, Ca. : University of California Press, 1997. (DREF: PN1995.9.M56 W58 1997; ETHN: PN1995.9.M56 W58 1997)

The Immigrant (1917)
Director, Charlie Chaplin. " Charlie is on his way to the USA. He wins in a card game, puts the money in Edna's bag (she and her sick mother have been robbed of everything). When he retrieves a little for himself he is accused of being a thief. Edna clears his name. Later, broke, Charlie finds a coin and goes into a restaurant. There he finds Edna, whose mother has died, and asks her to join him. When he reaches for the coin to pay for their meals it is missing (it has fallen through a hole in his pocket)." (from Internet Movie Database) DVD 8
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Eastern Europeans

Erens, Patricia "Stellaaaaaa......!!!!!!!!!!: the Slavic stereotype in America film." In: The Kaleidoscopic lens : how Hollywood views ethnic groups / edited by Randall M. Miller Englewood, N.J. : Ozer, c1980 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.K3; Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.K3)
Kusielewicz, Eugene. "Polish stereotypes in American film and television." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1(Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)
Thaddeus V. "Gromada -- Questions about the Polish image in American film and television." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)

After Freedom (2004)
Written and directed by Vahe Babaian. Cast: Mic Tomasi, Sophie Chahinian, Greg Satamian, Shant Bejanian, Ioannis Bogris, Anahid Shahrik. Michael, an Armenian-American, feels obligated to care for his ailing father, who sacrificed everything to raise his children in a better country. But Michael feels torn between his family traditions and the outside world. Which will win out? 107 min. DVD 6499
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Black & White (1991)
Written and directed by Boris Frumin. Cast: Elena Shevchenko, Gilbert Giles, Patrick Godfrey, Gina Delio, Hayward Boling, Debra Jo Jackson, Stephen Parris. The story of Lisa, a young Soviet emigre studying medicine in Manhattan and Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side. Edgy and emotionally complex, this nocturnal love story is suffused with the melancholy and anxiety of not belonging, and full of the sad understanding of what it means to be a stranger. 96 min. vhs 999:2253
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Black Legion (1936)
Directed by Archie L. Mayo. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien Moore, Ann Sheridan. "Frank Taylor is an average hard-working Joe in a machine shop with ambitions to become foreman. When the job opens, it is given to Joe Dombrowski, a Polish-American immigrant who spends his free time reading technical books on the workings of a drill press rather than socializing with other workers. Frank becomes disgruntled and is easily recruited by a co-worker to join the Black Legion, a secretive hate group similar to the Ku Klux Klan, which appeals to the xenophobic fears of its members and uses violence to intimidate foreign-born Americans. When Frank and other black-hooded Legionaires burn out Dombrowski's chicken farm, the frightened family leaves town, opening up the foreman's job again. When Legion business begins to occupy more and more of Frank's time and energy both in the factory and at night, it soon costs him his job and ultimately his marriage as it leads him toward tragedy." [IMDB] 80 min. DVD X127
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Birdwell, Michael E. "Black Legion." In: Celluloid soldiers : the Warner Bros. campaign against Nazism / Michael E. Birdwell. New York : New York University Press, c1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1999.W3 B57 1999)
"Black legion."Commonweal v. 25 (January 22 1937) p. 360
"Black legion."Literary Digest v. 123 (January 16 1937) p. 23
"Black legion." The Nation v. 144 (January 30 1937) p. 137
"Black legion." The New Republic v. 90 (February 17 1937) p. 47-8
"Black legion." Time v. 29 (January 25 1937) p. 46

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Directed by Larry Charles ; screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen; produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson. Fictional Kazakhstani TV personality Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the "greatest country in the world." With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson than in pursuing his assignment. In this mockumentary film his ignorance, prejudice, and boorish behavior produce humorous results. Special features: Censored footages (8 deleted scenes); Propaganda ("Global propaganda tour", "Musics infomercial", "Coming Kazakhstan in 2028"). 84 min. DVD 7632
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Deer Hunter(1978)
Directed by Michael Cimino. Tracks a group of steelworker pals (second generation Ukrainians) from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress. 183 min. DVD 95; vhs 999:708:1&2
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Burke, Frank. "Reading Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter': Interpretation as Melting Pot." (Vietnam Revisited: Mythological Journeys/Narrative Structures) Literature-Film Quarterly v20, n3 (July, 1992):249 (11 pages).
Goska, Danusha V. "The Bohunk in American Cinema." Journal of Popular Culture, Jun2006, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p407-429, 23p UC users only

War film bibliography

Lana's Rain(2002)
Directed by Michael S. Ojeda. Cast: Oksana Julia Orlenko, Nickolai Stoilov, Louyong Wang, Stephanie Childers, Stacy Slowitz, David Darlow, Alex Diatchenco, Ron Dean, Yasen Peyankov. A young woman escapes the violence in Bosnia to find paradise in Chicago with her long lost brother. But she is forced to live on the mean streets of Chicago, while being pulled deeper and deeper into her brothers criminal world. 104 min. DVD 8270
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Making an American Citizen (1912)
Producer: Alice Guy-Blaché. Ivan Orloff and his wife decide to emigrate to America with a group of several others. Ivan is used to treating his wife roughly, and on arrival in America, he forces her to carry their baggage, while he repeatedly prods her with his cane. A passer-by rebukes Ivan, and forces him to carry the load. But this is only the first of several lessons that Ivan will learn in his new country. 10:47 min. DVD 9638
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Robin Williams, Alejandro Rey, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks. Circus saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff suddenly defects from his touring troupe in that temple of "Western decadence" -- Bloomingdale's. Fleeing the K.G.B., Vladimir wins asylum and moves into the crowded Harlem flat of Black security guard Lionel Witherspoon. Though Vladimir learns that life in America can be cold and even painful, he grows to love this strange and wondrous new land. 159 min. DVD 964
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cavanaugb, Tim. "Hollywood Comrades." Reason, Nov2009, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p62-63, 2p UC users only
Desser, David. "Paul Mazursky: the price of freedom." In: American Jewish filmmakers / David Desser and Lester D. Friedman. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .D47 2004)

Postmark Paradise (2000 )
Directed by Thompson E. Clay. Cast: Tantoo Cardinal, Natalia Nararova, Vincent Angelini, Randall Godwin, Dale Inghram, Elmer Cardinal. A good ol' boys group in Paradise, Michigan sends to Russia for a mail-order-bride as a joke on the rowdiest one of them all. When young, beautiful Viktoria arrives and discovers that her husband to be is a yet-to-be reformed misogynist twice her age, it's a kink in her plan to start a new life in America. When barmaid Reenie takes her in, she discovers Viktoria has no ticket home. With the aid of Reenie and the patrons at the local bar, a collection is started to help Viktoria make her way back to Russia. But along the way, Viktoria manages to teach the small town residents a valuable lesson about living the American Dream. 92 min. DVD X799
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Cast: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen. "This is about a self-styled New York hipster (John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards) who is paid a suprise and quite unwelcome visit by his pretty sixteen-year-old Hungarian cousin. From initial hostility and indifference a strange affection grows between the two exiles. Due to complete boredom they decide to visit their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to sunny Florida where they lose all their money and unwittingly gain a fortune. With a final ironic twist, they are at the end, back where they began." [Internet Movie Database] 159 min. DVD 316
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

We Are Going to America (My yedem v Ameriku) (Russia, 1992)
Directed by Yefim Gribov. Cast: Cast: Dima Davydov, Lyubov Rumyantseva, Semen Strugachev, Vadim Danilevsky, Danuta Slavgorodskaia. In this Russian comedy, set at the turn-of-the-century, a Russian Jewish family Leaves Russia to find a new life in the New World. Seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Motl, he creates a sense of wonder and chaotic adventure as his family makes their way towards America. 82 min. DVD X6882; vhs 999:3277
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Irish

Brennan, William J. "The Irish in American film and television." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)
Clark, Dennis J. "The Irish in the movies : a tradition of permanent blur." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)
Curran, Joseph M. Hibernian green on the silver screen : the Irish and American movies / Joseph M. Curran. New York : Greenwood Press, c1989. Contributions to the study of popular culture ; no. 23 (Main Stack PN1995.9.I67.C871 1989; Moffitt PN1995.9.I67.C87 1989)
Golden, Sembroff "Hollywood and Hibernia: the Irish in the movies." In: The Kaleidoscopic lens : how Hollywood views ethnic groups / edited by Randall M. Miller Englewood, N.J. : Ozer, c1980 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.K3; Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.K3)
Lourdeaux, Lee. Italian and Irish filmmakers in America : Ford, Capra, Coppola, and Scorsese / Lee Lourdeaux. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1990. (Main Stack PN1995.9.C35.L68 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C35.L68 1990)
Moloney, Mick "Stereotypes in the media : the Irish-American case." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)

Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Directed by Michael Curtiz; starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, the "Dead End" Kids (Bowery Boys). Two childhood friends grow up and go their separate ways--one a criminal and the other a parish priest. Rocky Sullivan returns to his old neighborhood to find his lawless life style idolized by the young hoodlums there. Jerry Connelly, the parish priest sees his hard work turn unavailing because of Rocky's corruptive influence. "Cagney in 'Public Enemy,' [MRC vhs 999:33] 'Angels With Dirty Faces', and 'The Roaring Twenties' [MRC vhs 999:853] was the archetypal lawless urban Irish thug, whom prejudiced opinion was only too ready to associate with all of the Irish. Only the Italians has suffered as much in this area..." (Dennis Clark and Willian Lynch. "Hollywood and Hibernia: The Irish in Movies." In The Kaleidoscopic Lens: How Hollywood Views Ethnic Groups. Edited by Randall M. Miller. Englewood, N.J.: Ozer, c1980. pp. 98-113). 97 min. DVD 3512; vhs 999:755
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Clapp, James A. "Growing Up Urban: The City, the Cinema, and American Youth." Journal of Popular Culture; Aug2007, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p601-629, 29p UC users only
Ferraro, Thomas J. "Boys to Men: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)." In: Catholics in the movies / edited by Colleen McDannell. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C35 C38 2008)
Naremore, James. "Actor, role, star: James Cagney in "Angels With Dirty Faces."" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 1983, Vol. 16 Issue 1/2, p1-17, 17p UC users only
Roddick, Nick. A new deal in entertainment : Warner Brothers in the 1930s London : British Film Institute, 1983. (Main Stack PN1993.5.U65.R6 1983; PFA PN1999.W3.R63 1983)
Shannon, Christopher. "Public Enemies, Local Heroes: The Irish-American Gangster Film in Classic Hollywood Cinema." New Hibernia Review - Volume 9, Number 4, Winter 2005, pp. 48-64 UC users only

25th Hour (2002)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast:Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox. "This is the story of a poor Irish kid from New York City who once wanted to be a fireman, but ended up instead, a drug dealer. He explains his situation this way. The most important thing in life is 'sway,' that is, the influence you have over your surroundings. He has charm, good looks and, as a dealer, money. It was the easiest and fastest way to get to the top until he got caught. He is the charmer. His father is the dreamer. The father, an alcoholic saloonkeeper, never could make ends meet. He sees himself as the classic ner-do-well Irish father, blaming himself for his son's choices in life. Yet, even with grim reality loaming overhead, he talks of changing his son's situation, carrying on expansively about his son's rosy future." Based on the book by David Benioff. [The Irish in Film] 134 min. DVD 1859
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Directed by Edward Burns. Cast: Jack Mulcahy, Mike McGlone, Edward Burns, Connie Britton, Maxine Bahns, Elizabeth P. McKay, Shari Albert, Jennifer Jostyn. After their good-for-nothing father dies and their mother leaves to be with the man she really loves, brothers Jack, Barry and Patrick are left with only each other as they struggle with their relationships. Married Jack is tempted to have an affair; Patrick isn't sure his fiancee is 'the one'; and Barry can't deal with the fact that he is actually falling in love. DVD 334
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Burns, Edward. Three screenplays / by Edward Burns. New York : Hyperion, c1997. *Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3552.U732438 A6 1997)

The Departed (2006)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan. In South Boston, the Massachusetts State Police are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. Special features: Additional scenes with introductions from director Martin Scorsese; Stranger than fiction: the true story of Whitey Bulger, Southie and The departed (featurette); Crossing criminal cultures (Scorsese on organized crime). 151 min. DVD 7296
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Far and Away (1992)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky. This epic opens on the west coast of Ireland, 1892; a poor tenant farmer is determined to bring justice to an oppressive landlord. Instead, he finds himself accompanying the landlord's daughter to America in a quest for land where the adventure begins. 140 min. DVD X3467
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gangs of New York (2002)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson. In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After an bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father. 166 min. DVD 1641
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

In America (Ireland / UK, 2002)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou, David Wike, Michael Sean Tighe. Told by 11-year-old Christy, a child wise beyond her years. An Irish couple bring their two young daughters to America in search of a better life. Christy and her sister Ariel find New York's Hell Kitchen a place of magic where anything is possible. To their parents, it represents a place to begin anew. Carried by the girls' youthful hope and faith, the family finds the heart to live and love again. 105 min. DVD 2683
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Miller's Crossing (1990)
Directed by Joel Coen. Featuring Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman. "Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart." [Internet Movie Database] 115 min. DVD 3331; vhs 999:2117
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie. "Here we have two Irish-American characters who at first look to have little in common except their love of boxing. Dunn, the manager, spends his time reading the great Irish writers, badgering the local Catholic priest with questions and learning Gaelic. Fitzgerald spends her time working and training, oblivious to her roots. But their connection is made clear when he gives her a Kelly-green robe with 'Mo Cuishle' on the back the day she fights the British champion. He won't tell her what the words mean, but all who know the history will get the not-too-subtle metaphor. Fans have chosen many boxers as their champion, representing a race, nationality, or more broadly, the underdog. Fitzgerald, by being the odds-on-favorite, became the darling of all who identified with her. Now they can say "if she can do it maybe I can."" [The Irish in Film] 132 min. DVD 4170
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Molly Maguires (1970)
Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Richard Harris, Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay, Anthony Zerbe, Bethel Leslie, Art Lund. The Molly Maguires was a secret society of militant coal miners who battled their exploitation by mine owners with violence, intimidation, and sometimes murder. Based on actual events, this gripping story is a sympathetic and accurate account of the Irish-American miners' struggle. Richard Harris plays a detective on undercover assignment for the owners, fighting to win the workers' trust, and finally, fighting his own conscience. Sean Connery is the tough and suspicious leader of the Mollies who repeatedly tests the newcomer's loyalty. 123 min. DVD 8445; vhs 999:2353
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mystic River(2003)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Chapman, Adam Nelson, Tom Guiry. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. "The underpinning of this story is a familiar one: in the tough ghetto, one kid grows up to be a cop, the other a gangster. But this film is far more detailed, realistic, and disturbing than the Hell's Kitchen flicks of Hollywood's golden age. When children grow up in a neighborhood where crime is an accepted part of life, they are set up from the get-go, with an edge. When a crime is committed in the neighborhood, a complex set of loyalties must be adhered to. The police, left out of the loop, are of little use; then the locals are free to seek vengeance. The cop here, aided by his insider knowledge of the turf, is shown as very competent. And, like his counterparts from the old gangster films, he has an understanding of those who chose the other side of the law." [The Irish in Film] 138 min. DVD 7143
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Philadelphia, Here I Come (1975)
Directed by John Quested. Cast: Siobhan McKenna, Donal McCann, Des Cave, Eamon Kelly, Fidelma Murphy. Concerns the emotional struggle of a young Irishman preparing to emigrate to America, with one actor portraying his public self and another his private thoughts. Based on the play by Brian Friel. DVD 2113
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Public Enemy (1931)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell. Tom Powers (Cagney) begins his life of crime at an early age with his companion Matt Doyle. Powers' eventual rise to a notorious prohibition gangster is only darkened when a rival gang brutally murders his childhood friend. Powers tries to avenge Doyle's death but his efforts lead to a chilling and savage conclusion. "The Public Enemy's violent realism, scenes blatant in their sexual suggestiveness, and (I have no doubt) the magnetism of Cagney's performance helped ring in Hollywood's self-censoring Production Code of 1934, which sanitized criminal and sexual subject matter for years." [DVD Journal] 84 min. DVD 3514; VHS 999:33
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Roaring Twenties (1939)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly. A World War I veteran returns to New York, innocently becomes involved in bootlegging, builds up an empire and dies in a gang war. 106 min. DVD 3509
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson. Based on Betty Smith's novel, the film tells the story of a bright and imaginative young woman living in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s who strives for a better life despite her family's poverty, which is caused in part by her father's alcoholism. 128 min. DVD X5362
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Smith, Judith E. "Hollywood Revises A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." In: Visions of belonging : family stories, popular culture, and postwar democracy, 1940-1960 / Judith E. Smith New York : Columbia University Press, c2004. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E169 .S655 2004)
Elia Kazan bibliography

Italians

Bibliography of materials about the images of Italians in film

The Avenging Conscience: Or Thou Shalt Not Kill (1914)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Henry B. Wathall, Blanche Sweet, Spottiswoode Aitken, Ralph Lewis, Mae Marsh. "Based on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart,"...depicts the Italian as a sneaky blackmailer." [Columbia Companion to American History on Film] 58 min. DVD X621; vhs 999:1889
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Big Night(1996)
Directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. The story of two brothers whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. Their only chance for success is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. But their big night is complicated by a lovers' triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfectionism of chef Primo. 109 min. DVD 8352; vhs 999:1928
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Do the Right Thing (1989)
Cast: Danny Aiello (Sal), Ossie Davis (Da Mayor), Ruby Dee (Mother Sister), Richard Edson (Vito), Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out), Spike Lee (Mookie), Bull Nunn (Radio Raheem), John Turturro (Pino), Rosie Perez (Tina), Joie Lee (Jade), Sam Jackson (Mister Se~nor Love Daddy). This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day in the black ghetto of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. Special DVD features, disc 2 (supplement): New video introductions by Spike Lee ; St. Clair Bourne's 60-minute documentary "The Making of Do the Right Thing" ; Spike Lee and line producer Jon Kilik revisit the Bed-Stuy locations ; Public Enemy's video for "Fight the Power" directed by Spike Lee ; the 1989 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, and Joie Lee ; Spike Lee's behind-the-scenes footage, from rehersal to wrap ; original storyboards for the riot sequence ; new video interview with editor Barry Brown ; theatrical trailer and TV spots. Videodisc release of 1989 motion picture. 120 min. DVD 579 (Criterion); DVD 27; vhs 999:386
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Down By Law (1986)
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Barkin. A comedy feature about two lowlifes, a small time pimp and an unemployed disc jockey, framed for a crime they didn't commit, who escape from jail with an eccentric Italian tourist. Set in New Orleans and the swamps of Louisiana. 107 min. DVD 2760; vhs 999:1915
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Federal Hill (1994)
Directed by Michael Corrente. Cast: Nicholas Turturro, Anthony DeSando, Libby Langdon, Michael Raynor, Jason Andrews, Robert Turano, Frank Vincent. On the mean streets of Providence, Rhode Island, five friends struggle for a future in the Mob-infested neighborhood known as Federal Hill. 100 min. DVD X260
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Give Us This Day (Christ in Concrete) (1949)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan, Bonar Colleano, Charles Goldner. Explores the immigrant experience in America, the complex family bonds of Italian-Americans, and the difficult struggle to build a better life for themselves and their children during the great Depression. On the outs in Hollywood due to the McCarthy blacklist, director Edward Dmytryk produced this film in England. Based on a novel by Pietro di Donato. After release, this film was long thought lost. 116 min. DVD 3285
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sheen, Erica. "Un-American: Dmytryk, Rossellini and Christ in Concrete." In: "Un-American" Hollywood : politics and film in the blacklist era / Edited by Frank Krutnik ... [et al.]. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007; MOFF: PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007)

The Godfather (1972/1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola; starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton. Part I: Don Vito Corleone is the head of a New York Mafia "family". Problems arise when a gangster supported by another Mafia family, Sollozzo, announces his intentions to start selling drugs all over New York. Don Vito hates the idea of drugs, and he is quite happy with the gambling/protection etc. that make him money, so an attempt is made on his life. Sollozzo then kidnaps one of Don Vitos advisors, and tries to make him force Don Vitos son to agree to sell drugs, but the plan goes wrong when Sollozzo finds out that Don Vito is still alive. Part II: The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1920s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1960s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba. [summary from the Internet Movie Database]. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo (UCB Main PS3566.Pu9 G64; UCB Moffitt PS3566.U9 G6). 171 min.
DVD 908 (parts 1, 2, 3); VHS 999:8 (part I); VHS 999:137 (part II)

Credits, other information (Godfather I) from Internet Movie Database

Credits, other information (Godfather II) from Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Godfather III (1990)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Featuring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda. In the final installment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. 169 min. DVD 908
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Golden Door (Nuovomondo) (Italy / France, 2006)
Directed by Emanuele Crialese. Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi. Sicilian farmer Salvatore falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to immigrate to America. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before arriving at Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts her proposal. Once they arrive at Ellis Island their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers. 118 min. DVD 9512
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Goodfellas (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese; starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Brocco, Paul Sorvino. Revolving around the low-level gangster Henry Hill, this dramatization of a group of men involved with organized crime provides an inside view of the Mafia from 1955 to the 1980's. Based on the biography of Henry Hill titled "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi. 146 min. DVD 1843
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci); Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Silver Lion, Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
National Film Registry Selection

House of Strangers (1949)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler. Set in the rich historical atmosphere of New York's turn-of-the century Lower East Side, this is the powerful story of Gino Monetti, a ruthless immigrant who builds a banking empire on fraud and exploitation which is eventually destroyed by hate and greed. 101 min. DVD 7668; vhs 999:3100
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Boozer, Jack. "The Entrepreneurial Impulse." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)
The Italian (1915)
Directed by Reginald Barker. Screenplay by Thomas H. Ince, C. Gardner Sullivan. An Italian immigrant loses his only son because of the indifference of his ward boss. The Italian is sentenced to prison, and after his release, finds himself in the position to cause the death of the politician's child. At the last minute he is unable to go through with it, however, because the little one reminds him of his own baby. DVD special features: Two Edison shorts: Police force of New York City / music by Rodney Sauer (ca. 9 min.) -- McQuade of the traffic squad / Eugene Nowland, scenario and direction (ca. 16 min.) -- Optional audio essay soundtrack by Giorgio Bertellini. 70 min. DVD 9992; vhs 999:1421
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jungle Fever (1991)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Anthony Quinn. An Afro-American architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors in this moving view of inner-city life. 131 min DVD 580; vhs 999:763
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Little Caesar (1930)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy; starring Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Glenda Farrell. A little tough guy pushes his way to the top of the mob. Yet, at the peak of his success he is taken down as violently as he had ascended to power. This is the movie that made Edward G. Robinson a star. (For a discussion of Little Caesar and the Italian-American mobster image in film, see Daniel Sembroff Golden's "The Fate of La Famiglia: Italian Images in American Film." In The Kaleidoscopic Lens: How Hollywood Views Ethnic Groups. Edited by Randall M. Miller. Englewood, N.J.: Ozer, c1980. pp. 73-96) 81 min. DVD 3511; vhs 999:823
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Married to the Mob (1988)
Director: Jonathan Demme. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin. Mafia princess Angela DeMarco wants out. With her husband Frank dead, Angela decides it's time to divorce "the mob" and start a new life. But what she doesn't realize is once you're married to the mob, it's death do you part ... usually yours. 104 min. DVD 1691
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only

Marty (1955)
Director, Delbert Mann. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair. Marty is a tender and heartwarming love story. A 34-year-old plain-looking Italian-American butcher fears that he will never find love but at a Saturday night dance he meets a girl with similar fears. Based on the play by Paddy Chayefsky. 94 min. DVD X150; vhs 999:855
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Actor (Ernest Borgnine); Best Foreign Actress (Betsy Blair)
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine)
National Film Registry Selection

Marty (TV, 1953)
Director, Delbert Mann. Cast: Cast: Rod Steiger, Nancy Marchand, Esther Minciotti, Nehemiah Persoff, Betsey Palmer. Marty, a 34-year-old plain-looking butcher from Brooklyn, fears that he will never find love until at a Saturday night dance he meets a woman with similar fears. Videocassette release of the 1953 original NBC television program Goodyear TV Playhouse. 50 min. vhs 999:855
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Rosenbaum, Julia B. "Filming Television's 'Ordinary': Marty's Everyman Romance." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. Rosenbaum. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA E169 .S655 2004)
Marx Brothers
Including, of course, Chico's inimitably, over-the-top characature of a characature of an Italian. The Marx Brothers particularly anarchic comedy, with its elements of vaudeville and Yiddish theater schtick, can be read as a goofy metaphor for the "messy" entry of early century immigrants into established American culture.

MRC'sComedy videography for other Marx Brothers titles.

Haas, Scott. "The Marx Brothers, Jews, and My Four-Year-Old Daughter." Cineaste, vol. 19 no. 2-3. 1992. pp: 48-49.
Lieberfeld, Daniel; Sanders, Judith. "Here Under False Pretenses: the Marx Brothers Crash the Gates. American Scholar v64, n1 (Wntr, 1995):103 (6 pages).
Winokur, Mark Brian. American Laughter: The Immigrant as Theme in American Comdey Film [Dissertation, 985] (NRLF C 2 930 656)
Winokur, Mark. "'Smile Stranger': Aspects of Immigrant Humor in the Marx Brothers' Humor." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 13 no. 3. 1985. pp: 161-171.

Matewan (1987)
Directed by John Sayles. Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and gun thugs; Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. Union activist and ex-Wobbly Joe Kenehan, sent to help organize the union, determines to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. Drawn from an actual incident; the characters of Sid Hatfield, Cabell Testerman, C. E. Lively, and Few Clothes Johnson were based on real people. [summary from Internet Movie Database] 100 min. DVD 3720; vhs 999:508
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mean Streets(1973)
Directed by Martin Scorsese; starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus. "The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighbour- hood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city's Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all - he can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future." (from the Internet Movie Database) 112 min. DVD 99
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Men of Respect (1991)
Directed by William Reilly; starring John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Dennis Farina, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle. A fearless mobster wins the respect and admiration of a powerful godfather by assassinating the leaders of a rival family. But the prodding of his ambitious wife and the prophecy of a ghetto gypsy, convinces the mobster to murder the godfather and claim his crown. A brilliant study of the criminal mind inspired by Shakespeare's MacBeth. 107 min. Video vhs 999:1509
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Maslin, Janet. "Men of Respect." (Living Arts Pages) (movie reviews) New York Times v140 (Fri, Jan 18, 1991):B5(N), C1(L), col 1, 17 col in.
Taylor, Allan. "Men of Respect." (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v2, n1 (May, 1992):55 (2 pages).
Travers, Peter. "Men of Respect." (movie reviews) Rolling Stone, n597 (Feb 7, 1991):85.
Willson, Robert F., Jr. "Recontextualizing Shakespeare on Film: My Own Private Idaho, Men of Respect, Prospero's Books." Shakespeare Bulletin: A Journal of Performance Criticism and Scholarship

Moonstruck(1987)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello. Loretta, a beautiful soon-to-be-wed Italian widow has the misfortune to meet--and fall hopelessly in love with--her fiancee's estranged brother in this sophisticated romantic comedy about the loves, jealousies, and entanglements facing an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. DVD includes sound disc: Harden my heart / Quarterflash -- Come on Eileen / Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Obsession / Animotion -- Up where we belong / Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes -- Everybody wants to rule the world / Tears for Fears -- Tainted love / Soft Cell -- Breakout / Swing Out Sister -- Addicted to love / Robert Palmer. 103 min. DVD X367
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Char); Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical (Cher); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Olympia Dukakis)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only
Citron, Marcia J. "'An Honest Contrivance': Opera and Desire in 'Moonstruck'." Music & Letters, vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 56-83, 2008 Feb UC users only
Corliss, Richard. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) Time v131, n2 (Jan 11, 1988):80 (2 pages).
Day, William. "Moonstruck; or, How to Ruin Everything." In: Ordinary language criticism : literary thinking after Cavell after Wittgenstein / edited by Kenneth Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN695 .O73 2003)
Denby, David. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York v21, n1 (Jan 4, 1988):44.
Fraad, Harriet. "Personal life as problematic: a comparison of Woody Allen's "September" and Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck."" Rethinking Marxism, 1988, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p169-174, 6p
Gross, John. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137, sec2 (Sun, Feb 14, 1988):H33(N), H33(L), col 1, 28 col in.
Gallant, James. "Moonstruck." Raritan, 1993, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p111-120, 10p UC users only
Kael, Pauline. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New Yorker v63, n49 (Jan 25, 1988):99 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137 (Wed, Dec 16, 1987):24(N), C22(L), col 1, 11 col in.
Shumway, David R. "Marriage as Adultery." In: Modern love : romance, intimacy, and the marriage crisis / David R. Shumway. New York : New York University Press, c2003. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ503 .S54 2003)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Cast: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne. Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. They are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade. 120 min. DVD 1437
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only

Raging Bull (1980)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro stars as Jake LaMotta, the controversial prize fighter of the 1940's who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame. 130 min. DVD 137
Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama (Robert De Niro)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Actor (Robert DeNiro)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro); Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro); Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
National Film Registry Selection

Rocky (1976)
See Sports films for holdings and description

The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Anna Magnani, Marisa Pavan, Ben Cooper, Virginia Grey, Jo Van Fleet, Sandro Giglio. Serafina Delle Rose retreats from the world when her beloved husband dies, but is reawakened to life's joys when she meets Alfaro, who reminds her of her husband and wears the same symbol of love, the rose tattoo. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams. 116 min. DVD X5032; vhs 999:528
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham; starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Bruce Ornstein, Donna Pescow. The story of an Brooklyn store clerk who is an Italian American Saturday night disco king; he begins to question the narrowness of his perspective when he meets a girl who is shedding her origins for a more sophisticated lifestyle. 112 min. DVD 6222

Awards & Honors
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (John Travolta)
National Film Registry Selection

The Sopranos See TV programs for complete listing and description

True Love (1989)
Directed by Nancy Savoca. Cast: Annabella Sciorra, Ron Eldard, Aida Turturro, Roger Rignack, Star Jasper. This comedy traces the shifting moods and contrary behavior of two Italian-American sweethearts in the last days before their wedding whose disagreements could very well land them in divorce court. 101 min. DVD 5498
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Scandinavians

Annie Was a Wonder(1949)
Directed by Edward L. Cahn. Cast: Kathleen Freeman. In this entry in the Passing Parade series, narrator John Nesbitt tells the story of Annie Swenson, who worked as a cook/housekeeper in the Nesbitt home when she was growing up. Annie was one of thousands of Scandinavian immigrant girls who came to America in the early years of the 20th century in search of a better life. 11 min. Included on DVD 4256

The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)(1971)
Directed by Jan Troell; starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann. Pictures of America inspire a married couple to pull up roots and join fellow Swedes in a quest that tests their determination and faith. 151 min. vhs 999:1478
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I Remember Mama (1972)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Irene Dunne, Barabara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Barbara O'Neil, Ellen Corby.. In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, young Katrina Hansen chronicles episodes of life with her extended immigrant Norwegian family, who combine traditional Norwegian values with "modern" American ways. The film was so successful that it became a popular radio show, and then a TV sitcom, both with Barbara BelGeddes and Irene Dunne from the film. Based on the play of the same title, adapted and directed by John Van Druten, adapted from the novel: Mama's bank account by Kathryn Forbes. 134 min. DVD X35
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Smith, Judith E. "Homefront Harmony and Remembering Mama." In: Visions of belonging : family stories, popular culture, and postwar democracy, 1940-1960 / Judith E. Smith New York : Columbia University Press, c2004. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E169 .S655 2004)

The New Land (Nybyggarna) (1972)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann. The story of Swedish newcomers to America, whose unadorned, heroic lives in 1850's Minnesota are marked by hardship, courage, faith and determination. Film also captures the tragic desperation that led Sioux tribes to ingnite the bloodiest Native American uprising in American history. 159 min. vhs 999:1479
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Western and Southern Europeans

Irish
Italians

Oehling, Richard A. "The German-Americans, Germany, and the American media" In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia : Balch Institute, 1978. (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)
Leab, Daniel. "Goethe or Attila? : the celluloid German." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)
Kayser, Hans Christoph. "The monacle as symbol of German arrogance in the American media."
In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1 (Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86)

Alice in the Cities (1974)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Phillip, a footloose 31-year old journalist on the road from the United States to Europe, suddenly finds himself with a new traveling companion: a 9-year old girl named Alice. 110 min. vhs 999:138
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bagdad Cafe (Out of Rosenheim) (West Germany / USA, 1990)
Directed by Percy Adlon. Cast: Marianne Sagebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufman, Monica Calhoun, Darron Flagg. An off-beat comedy about a greasy spoon and a rusty gas pump in the Mojave desert. Through hard work and magic, a stranded German housewife, with the owner's assistance, transforms the run-down gas station/restaurant into a nightclub. 107 min. DVD 6818; vhs 999:3158
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

City Streets (1931)
Directed by Albert Rogell. Cast: Helen Jerome Eddy, Edith Fellows, Leo Carrillo, Tommy Bond. In an working class neighborhood in New York, immigrant shopkeeper Joe Carmine becomes the guardian of a crippled orphan girl. 68 min. DVD X5130
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Green Card (1990)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman, Robert Prosky. Two strangers agree to a marriage of convenience. She gets the apartment of her dreams, and he gets a green card to live in the U.S. Before they know it, the two encounter difficulties. And worst yet, they just might be falling in love. 107 min. DVD X4176
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Directed by Joel Zwick. Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Andrea Martin, Joey Fantone. Toula is a quiet, devoted daughter in a big, crazy Greek family. Working in her father's restaurant, she hides behind her family and keeps the world at a distance. One day at the restaurant she finds herself pouring coffee for a man who is tall, handsome, but definitely not Greek. Their courtship is an Olympian culture clash. Can he handle Toula, her parents, and her extended family with several centuries of Greek heritage as they head for their big, fat Greek wedding? 95 min. DVD 1564
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Smart Money (1931)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde, Boris Karnoff. Nick Venizelos is an immigrant Greek barber who has an uncommon affinity for poker and other sorts of wagering. A group of his friends bankroll him in a big game, where his weakness for pretty blondes is taken advantage of by sleazy operator Sleepy Sam who cleans him out in a rigged game. Nick accepts help from his buddy Jack as they turn the tables on the grifters, but triumph soon changes to tragedy. Watch for an unbilled appearance by Boris Karloff as a dope pusher. Special features: Commentary by film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini; Warner Night at the Movies 1931 short subject gallery: vintage newsreel; musical short "George Jessel and his Russian Art Choir;" musical short "The smart set-up;" classic cartoon "Big man from the north;" trailer of 1931's "Other men's women." 81 min. DVD X134
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sweet Land (2002)
Directed by Ali Selim. Cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming, Alex Kingston, John Heard, Paul Sand, Stephen Pelinski, Patrick Heusinger. Inge is a feisty German mail-order bride who has come to Minnesota to marry Olaf, a young Norwegian immigrant farmer of few words. But in a post-WWI, anti-German climate, the local minister openly forbids the marriage. Inge and Olaf fall in love despite the town's disapproval. But when the town banker attempts to foreclose on the farm of his friend Frandsen, Olaf takes a stand. Special features: Commentary by cast and crew ; 'Sweet Land : a labor of love story' featurette ; Theatrical trailer. 111 min. DVD 9615
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

To the top

Copyright (C) 1996 by the Library, University of California, Berkeley. All rights reserved.
Document maintained on server: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ by
Gary Handman, Head, Media Resources Center.
Last update 06/20/12 [gh]

MRC web graphics by Mary Scott, Graphics Office, The Teaching Library