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Jews in Film

The Man Who Cried (UK / France, 2000)

Directed by Sally Potter. Cast: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Johnny Depp, Harry Dean Stanton. "A Russian Jewish father emigrates to America in 1923, with a promise to send for his mother and young daughter when he is settled. When his village is burned in a pogrom, his mother is killed and his daughter is separated from other youngsters who make it to the port to emigrate. She ends up on a ship bound for England, where she is renamed Suzie and raised by a British family.

The Man Without a World (USA, 1991)

Directed by Eleanor Antin. Cast: Pier Marton, Christine Berry, Anna Henriques, Eleanor Antin. A contemporary vision of an imagined 1928 Yiddish movie set in an Eastern European shtetl in pre-World War II. A young Jewish couple's romance is doomed by the arrival of a gypsy troupe and its sultry dancer. This dark comic melodrama encompasses the full cycle of life including abduction, seduction, dybbuks, exorcism, weddings and pograms. Silent with English intertities and music soundtrack. 98 min.

The Memory Thief (2007)

Directed by Gil Kofman. Cast: Mark Webber, Rachel Miner, Jerry Adler, Allan Rich, Douglas Spain, Peter Jacobson. Lukas is an aimless, haunted young man who is living in L.A. He buries painful thoughts of his own past in the humdrum routine of his job as a tollbooth clerk. A chance encounter with a holocaust survivor suddenly brings into focus a world and an identity he embraces with frightening intensity: the victimized Jews of World War II. As he begins to enthusiastically act out and explore his newfound obsession, Lukas discovers that survivor's guilt isn't just for the Jews anymore.

The Mortal Storm (1940)

Directed by Frand Borzage. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Robert Stack, Bonita Granville, Irene Rich, William T. Orr, Maria Ouspenskaya, Gene Reynolds. On the same day that Prof. Roth celebrates his birthday, Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. This causes a tragic rift among the guests at the professor's party. Politics come between Roth's daughter Freya & her fiance. Freya finds herself falling in love with an old friend, but their only hope for a future together is to escape to freedom across the Austrian border.

The Nasty Girl (Das Schreckliche Madchen) (West Germany, 1989)

Directed by Michael Verhoeven. Cast: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Muller, Monika Baumgartner, Michael Gahr, Fred Stillkrauth, Elisabeth Bertram, Robert Giggenbach. Sonja undertakes a school project to investigate her town's past entitled "My home town during the Third Reich." She begins to search for facts, but those people who have personal experiences of that time are unwilling to provide her with information. The local archives produce contradictory evidence and she is denied access to local newspaper files.

The Night Porter (Il Portiere di notte) (Italy, 1974)

Directed by Liliana Cavani. Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti. The chance meeting of a woman and a former Nazi SS officer brings back memories of their sado-masochistic relationship in a concentration camp years before. When the couple attempt to re-create their relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) (Germany / Luxembourg / Czech Republic, 2004)

Directed by Volker Schondorff. Cast: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Bibiana Beglau, Germain Wagner, Hilmar Thate, Jean-Paul Raths. Inspired by the true story of a dissident priest's temporary furlough from Dachau, The Ninth Day transforms an ethical crisis into a nail biting showdown and unspeakable guilt into transcendent redemption. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Only Way (USA / Denmark / Panama / UK, 1970)

Director, Bent Christensen. Cast: Martin Potter, Ebbe Rode, Jane Seymour, Helle Virkner, Ove Sprogoe. Produced on location in Denmark, this is a faithful recounting of Denmark's valorous actions, while under the German occupation of 1940-1945, to save its Jewish citizens from extermination by the Nazis in October 1943. 86 min. ; DVD Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Oppermanns (Die Geschwister Oppermann) (West Germany / Sweden / Italy / UK / Austria / Switzerland, 1983)

Director, Egon Monk. The story of a Jewish family in Berlin during the period 1932-1933, after Hitler has become the leader of Germany's strongest political party. Martin Oppermann must find a non-Jewish frontman to shield the family business in this dramatization of the fear and oppression experienced by Jewish businessman and professionals at the onset of the Nazi regime. 235 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Directed by Mel Gibson. Cast: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini, Toni Bertorelli, Roberto Bestatazzoni, Francesco Cabras, Giovanni Capalbo. A visually stunning portrayal, including scenes of graphic violence, of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot, arrested and condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing.

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