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Jews in Film

Cohen's Advertising Scheme (1904, silent)

Directed by Edwin S. Porter. Cohen's advertising scheme: This is perhaps the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant," a familiar caricature from theater and literature. In this typical one-shot gag film Cohen, a Jewish shop owner, hits upon a new advertising scheme: tricking a passerby into buying a coat on which he hangs a large sign advertising his store on the back. 14 min. ;

Cohen's Fire Sale (1907)

Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "A very early silent short from film pioneer Edwin S. Porter. Based on popular vaudeville routines of the day, the title character is a made up in a rather grotesque, broadly stereotyped manner and the sketch itself could definitely be viewed as an offensive piece. A Jewish store owner sees his new shipment of hats picked up by the trash wagon and chases the vehicle down to recapture his merchandise. When the hats don't sell anyway, he sets his business on fire to collect the insurance money." [from FACETS catalog] 10 min.

Cold Days (Hideg Napok) (Hungary, 1966)

Directed by Andras Kovacs. Cast: Zoltan Latinovits, Ivan Darvas, Adam Szirtes, Ibor Szilagyi, Margit Bara. A film centered around the memories and self-justifications of four men awaiting trial for the 1942 massacre of several thousand Jews and Serbs at Novi Sad. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Director: Anatole Litvak. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, George Sanders, Paul Lukas, Henry O'Neill. Ed Renard is a G-Man investigating a huge Nazi spy ring in the United States. Contacts are discovered and arrested in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Based on articles by Leon G. Turrou. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Conspiracy (Law & Order) (1999, TV)

A prominent black political leader is shot and killed at a rally and a Jewish liberal, seen at the rally with a gun, is blamed and brought to trial. 47 min.

Conspiracy (UK / USA, 2001)

Director, Frank Pierson. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, Jonathan Coy, Brendan Coyle, Ben Daniels, Barnaby Kay, Kevin McNally, Ian McNeice, Brian Pettifer, Ewan Stewart, Peter Sullivan, Owen Teale, David Threlfall, Nicholas Woodeson. On January 20, 1942, 15 German officials attended a conference at Wannsee - on the outskirts of Berlin. The meeting is comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers. The meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann under the direction of Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich.

Conspiracy of Hearts (UK, 1960)

Director, Ralph Thomas. Cast: Lilli Palmer, Sylvia Sims, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Lewis. In wartime Italy nuns in a convent regularly smuggle Jewish children out of a nearby internment camp. The Italian army officer in charge suspects what may be going on but deliberately turns a blind eye. When the Germans take over the camp security the nuns' activities become far more dangerous. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Council of the Gods (Der Rat der Gotter) (East Germany, 1950)

Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Paul Bildt, Fritz Tillmann, Willi A. Kleinau, Hans-Georg Rudolph, Albert Garbe, Helmuth Hinzelmann, Inge Keller, Yvonne Merin, Kate Scharf. A film based on the Nuremberg Trials against the directors of the IG Farben Company which proved the joint guilt of German industry in fascism and war, and the close ties between big industry and the Nazis. Two main protagonists dominate this epic. Chairman Mauch, who had supported Hitler, finds new fame and fortune in West Germany after the war, while the bourgeois chemist Dr.

Creating Jewish Characters for TV.

One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores the creation and characterization of Jewish characters presented in television sit-coms and dramas through comments by the creators of "Thirtysomething," "Chicago hope," "Relativity," "Northern exposure," and "Seinfeld." This seminar is presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California. 1998. 61 min.

Crossfire (1947)

Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, Sam Levene, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, George Cooper, Richard Benedict, Richard Powers, William Phipps, Lex Barker, Marlo Dwyer. This intense thriller was shot entirely with a style reminiscent of expressionism. A Jew is murdered in a New York hotel, and three ex-soldiers are suspected. Hollywood's first strong statement against anti-semitism.

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