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Jews in Film

The Angel Levine (1970)

Directed by Jan Kadar. Cast: Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska, Milo O'Shea, Gloria Foster. A touching, humorous film about Morris Mishkin, an elderly Jew whose life experiences have left him an embittered agnostic. Into Mishkin's life floats Alexander Levine, a black Jewish angel, who must convince the old man that life has value else Levine will never earn his wings. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Canada, 1974)

Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctot, Randy Quaid, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott, Henry Ramer, Joe Silver and Jack Warden as "Max". Duddy Kravitz is an irresistible young Jewish man in 1948 Montreal driven by an insatiable desire to be a 'somebody.' He cheats, schemes and connives to buy a large parcel of land. He uses the girl who loves him, forges cheques and he lies and is enormously proud of his shortcuts. In his race for sucess, Duddy learns many hard lessons. Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler. 121 min.

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (De schuilplaats van Anne Frank)(USA, TV, 1988)

A made for television docu-drama telling the story of Miep Gies who helped to hide Anne Frank and her family. Originally produced as television programme in 1988. Directed by John Erman. In English with Dutch subtitles. 2006. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Anne Frank on Film bibliography

The Axe of Wandsbek (Das Beil von Wandsbek) (East Germany, 1951)

Director, Falk Harnack. Cast: Kathe Braun, Erwin Geschonneck, Gefion Helmke, Willy A. Kleinau, Ursula Meibner, Arthur Schroder, Claus Holm. Tells the story of a butcher who serves as an executioner for the Nazis and also turns in four antifascists. After these atrocities become known, customers start to boycott his store, his wife takes her life and he eventually shoots himself. Six weeks after its premiere, the film was banned and the director Harnack left East Germany to direct only in the West. 111 min.

The Believer (2001)

Director, Henry Bean. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Glenn Fitzgerald, Theresa Russell, Billy Zane. Based on the true story of an American Nazi Party leader in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish. The film tells the story of Danny Balint and his struggle between destroying his own people and being drawn back to Judaism. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Awards Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury PrizeReviews and articles:

The Boat is Full (Das Boot ist voll) (Switzerland / West Germany / Austria, 1981)

Director, Markus Imhoof. Cast: Tina Engel, Curt Bois, Gerd David, Renate Steiger, Mathias Gnadinger, Michael Gempart, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Simone, Laurent. In the summer of 1942 the Swiss government, alarmed at the numbers of people fleeing Nazi Germany, set up stringent immigration policies. But when a Swiss inkeeper's wife finds a group of refugees hiding on her property, she looks the other way and takes them in. When the local authorities are alerted, the woman, her husband and the townspeople have a decision to make...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (UK / USA 2008)

Director, Mark Herman. Cast: Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, David Hayman, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, Jim Norton, Sheila Hancock, Richard Johnson. Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods where he comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops. Based on the book "The Boy in the striped pajamas" by John Boyne.

The Boys from Brazil (UK / USA, 1978)

Director, Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Gregory Peck, Laurence Oliver, James Mason, Lilli Palmer. A band of Nazi leaders, escaped from postwar Germany, scheme to return to power. Their plans to dominate the world are based on a bizarre biological experiment undertaken by Josef Mengele. Based on the novel by Ira Levin. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Cantor's Son (Dem khazn's zindl) (USA, 1937)

Directe by Ilya Motyleff. Cast: Moishe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Michael Rosenberg. A young man, cafe singer by day and synagogue cantor at night, rejoins his elderly parents in his European birthplace to participate in their golden wedding anniversary festivities. Complications frustrate a budding romance with his childhood sweetheart. Film is loosely based on the life of its star, Moishe Oysher. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Counterfeiters (Die Falscher) (Austria / Germany, 2007)

Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, Veit Stubner, August Zirner, Marie Baumer, Dolores Chaplin. The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch, the king of counterfeiters, lives a life of cards, booze, and women, but his luck runs dry when he is arrested and thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp.

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