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Jews in Film

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine. To escape the edict that condemed all first-born Hebrew males, Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri.

The Three Little Pigs. (Walt Disney, 1933)

"When first released, The Three Little Pigs contained a scene of the Wolf disguised as the "Fuller Brush Man": an outrageous Jewish peddler ethnic stereotype complete with long beard and a huge, hooked nose. Quickly, Disney relooped the ethnic-sounding voice track, and in the 1940's actually re-animated the scene without the Jewish peddler diguise." This version includes the original animation with the relooped voice. [description from Whole Toon Catalog] ;

The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (France, 1967)

Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Preboist, Luce Fabiole, Alain Cohen, Charles Denner, Jacqueline Rouillard, Marco Perrin, Aline Bertrand, Sylvine Delannoy, Zorica Lozic, Elisabeth Rey, Didier Perret, and featuring the children of Biviers and St.-Vincent-de-Mercuze. A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation.

The Vow (Tkies Khaf) (Poland, 1937)

Directed by Henryk Szaro and Zygmunt Turkow. Cast: Zygmund Turkow, Dina Halpern, Kurt Katsch, Max Bozyk. The prophet Elijah makes a supernatural appearance whenever a wrong marriage seems about to take place; complicating the plot are a villainous rich man, his cringing stooge and an eloquent marriage broker. Portrays the orthodox practice and social life and customs of Polish Jews in the 1930's. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Wandering Jew (Der vandernder Yid) (USA, 1933)

Directed by George Roland. Cast: Jacob Ben-Ami, Jacob Mestel, Abraham Teitelbaum, Natalie Browning, Jacob Mestel, William Epstein. Set in Berlin in 1933, the film tells of the problems facing Germany's Jews after Hitler's rise to power through the story of a Jewish artist and professor, Arthur Levi.

The Wandering Jew (Le juif errant) (France, 1903)

Director, Georges Melies. "To the modern eye, this is obviously a trick film made with double exposure; and Melies, in his role as the Wandering Jew, is quite over the top as he wanders through a field of hard stones, having dreams and visions of Christ on his way to Calvary, the devil tormenting him and of the Mother of God.

The Wandering Jew (UK, 1933)

Director, Maurice Elvey. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Marie Ney, Anne Crey, Joan Maude, Peggy Ashcroft, Basil Gill. Tells the story, from Jewish folklore, of a mythical Jewish man who lived for sixteen centuries because he was condemned to walk the earth until Judgment Day for urging the Romans to crucify Jesus. 83 min.

The Wandering Jew, or, The Life of Theodor Herzl (Theodor Herzl, der Bannertrager des judischen Volkes) (Austria, 1921)

Directed by Otto Kreisler. Cast: Rudolph Schildkraut, Joseph Schildkraut, H. [i.e. Ernst] Bath, Josef Schreiter; Rudolf Dietz; Else Osterheim; Gita Lenart-Vago; Axel Plessen; Pippa Gettke. This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages, and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism. The film then follows Herzl's efforts to implement his ideas by converting European leaders and Jews to his cause. 59 min.

The Wannsee Conference (Wannseekonferenz) (TV, Austria / West Germany, 1984)

Directed by Heinz Schirk. Cast: Robert Artzhorn, Gerd Bockmann, Friedrich G. Beckhaus, Jochen Busse. Dramatic recreation of the infamous meeting held in a Berlin suburb in January 1942, in which members of the SS, the Nazi Party, and the government bureaucracy discussed the ways and means of systematically exterminating 11 million Jews. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias) (Brazil, 2006)

Directed by Cao Hamburger. Cast: Germano Haiut, Simone Spoladore, Caio Blat, Eduardo Moreira, Liliana Castro, Rodrigo Dos Santos, Paulo Autran, Michel Joelsas, Daniela Piepszyk. "In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro in their Volkswagen. While traveling to Sao Paulo, the couple explains Mauro that they will travel on vacation and will leave Mauro with his grandfather Motel. Daniel promises to return before the first game of the Brazilian National Soccer Team in the Cup.

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