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Jews in Film

Crossing Delancy (1988)

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Cast: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Jeroen Krabbe, Sylvia Miles, Reizl Bozyk. The Jewish grandmother of a 30-something year old woman in New York decides her granddaughter should be married, and hires a matchmaker. Isabelle, the granddaughter, who considers herself successful and happy, is appalled, but humors her grandmother and agrees to meet the marriage prospect, a man who runs a streetside pickle stand. Based on the play by Susan Sandler. 97 min.

Crown Heights (TV, 2004)

Directed by Jeremy Kagan. Cast: Mario Van Peebles, Howie Mandel, Jeremy Blackman, Dequan Henderson, Jason Blicker. In August of 1991, an African American boy (Gavin Cato) was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Hasidic Jewish man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Four hours later Yankel Rosenbaum was murdered in retaliation. For the following three days, the Heights experienced riots and racial tensions. The efforts of an African American youth leader and a Hasidic rabbi bring the polarized communities together. During this time, two teens, Yudi Simon and T.J.

Dad on the Run (Cours toujours) (France, 2000)

Director, Dante Desarthe. Cast: Clement Sibony, Rona Hartner, Isaac Sharry, Marie Desgranges, Emmanuelle Devos. Jonah, a young musician and father to a newborn son, learns at the last minute that, according to an obscure Jewish custom, he must rush to bury the foreskin of his just-circumcised son. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

David (West Germany, 1979)

Directed by Peter Lilienthal. Cast: Mario Fischel, Irene Vrkijan, Walter Taub, Eva Mattes. Based upon a true story this film focuses on the everyday life of an orthodox rabbi and his close knit family trying to survive during the Nazi persecutions. It begins when David is a small boy in Liegnitz in 1933 and follows him to his escape in 1943 as one of the last Jews to leave Germany. Based on David: Notes of a Surviver by Joel Konig. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Defiance (2008)

Directed by Edward Zwick. Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein. Based on true events. The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust.

Der Ewige Jude (Eternal Jew) (1940)

Directed by Fritz Hippler. An anti-Semitic propaganda film produced in 1940's Nazi Germany which explores Jewish practices as viewed through the eyes of wartime Germany, presenting them as evil, corrupt and intent on world domination. The climax and resolution of the film is Hitler's 1939 announcement that the Jewish race will meet its "annihilation." (without English subtitles) (partially subtitled in English) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Diamonds of the Night (Demanty noci) (Czechoslovakia, 1964)

Directed by Jan Nemec. Cast: Ladslav Jansky, Antonin Kumbera. Diamonds of the night is a study of two Jewish boys who escape from a train which is transporting them from one concentration camp to another. The film goes beyond the theme of war and anti-Nazism to concern itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity. 64 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Distant Journey (Daleka cesta) (Czechoslovakia, 1949)

Directed by Alfred Radok. Cast: Blanka Waleska, Otomar Krejca, Viktor Ocasek, Zdenka Baldova, Jiri Spirit, Eduard Kohout. One of the first theatrical films about the Holocaust, banned for decades in the Czech Republic and then rediscovered, follows the struggles of Dr. Hannah Kaufman and her family from the time of the Nazi Occupation of Prague through her experiences in the transit camp of Theresienstadt (modern Terezin). 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Divided We Fall (Musime si pomahat) (Czech Republic, 2000)

Director, Jan Hrebejk. Cast: Boleslav Polivka, Csongor Kassai, Jaroslav Dusek, Anna Siskova, Jiri Pecha, Martin Huba, Simona Stasova, Vladimir Marek, Jiri Kodet. During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslavakia, a couple, Josef and Marie, decide to hide a young Jewish neighbor in their small apartment. They keep getting a visit from their neighbor, Horst, who is a German sympathizer who has his eye on Marie. When she rejects his advances he seeks revenge by trying to move a Nazi clerk into their home, forcing the couple to tell a lie that will change their lives forever.

Downfall (Untergang) (Germany / Italy / Austria, 2004)

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes. Set in Hitler's bunker in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich as seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge. Optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors. 155 min.

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