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Jews in Film

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann. Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.

Focus (2002)

Director, Neal Slavin. Cast: William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer, Meat Loaf Aday, Kay Hawtrey, Joseph Ziegler, Kenneth Welsh. This story follows a Brooklyn man and his wife who become victims of mistaken identity at the height of World War II. Their bigoted community believes that they are Jews. Slowly ostracized at home and work, they learn the value of self and solidarity as they struggle to maintain dignity and find happiness. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Funny Girl (1968)

Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walte Pidgeon. Follows the early career of stage comedienne, Fanny Brice, her rise to stardom with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her stormy romance with Nicky Arnstein. Starring arbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walte Pidgeon.165 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Geburtig (Poland / Germany / Austria, 2002)

Directed by Robert Schindel, Lukas Stepanik. Cast: Peter Simonischek, Ruth Rieser, August Zirner. The past catches up with two men, the Jewish emigrant composer Hermann Geburtig and the German journalist Konrad Sachs. Geburtig testifies against a former concentration camp supervisor, and Sachs faces the reality that his father was an SS-Doctor. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere, June Havoc, Albert Dekker, Jane Wyatt, Dean Stockwell. A writer who is assigned to do a magazine series on anti-Semitism decides to pose as a Jew, and soon discovers what it is like to be a victim of religious intolerance. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by Celeste Holm, June Havoc and film critic Richard Schickel; AMC Backstory episode: "Gentleman's agreement"; 2 Fox Movietone newsreels; still gallery; theatrical trailer. 118 min.

Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee (2005)

Directed by George Valencia and Edwin Figueroa. Cast: Tim Peper, Judy Reyes, George Valencia, Marlene Forte, Candice Coke, Bob Greenberg, Carlo Alban. When innocent Taylor James is made into NYC's top Bar Mitzvah emcee, he doesn't have a clue that he's in for the ride of his life. Filmed as a faux-documentary, James ends up deeply involved in the planning of an elaborate Bar Mitzvah. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 82 min.

God Is Great and I'm Not (Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite) (France, 2001)

Directed by Pascale Bailly. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Julie Depardieu, Atman Kelif, Catherine Jacob, Philippe Laudenbach, Mathieu Demy. Twenty-year-old model Michele's search for happiness gives new meaning to religious fervor as she enthusiastically jumps from Catholicism, Buddhism and finally attempts to convert to Judaism after meeting a handsome Jewish veterinarian. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

God on Trial (TV, 2008)

Directed by Andy DeEmmony. Cast: Anthony Sher, Stellan Skarsgard, Stephen Dillane, Dominic Cooper, Eddie Marsan, Rupert Graves, Jack Shepherd. Following the harrowing ritual of selection for death or hard labor, a group of new inmates unsure of their appointed fates begins asking how God could allow for so much suffering. Impulsively, the men decide to put God on trial for abandoning His chosen people. Amid the outside sounds of prisoners being marched to the gas chamber, the trial unfolds.

God, Man and Devil (Got, Mensh un Teyvel)(USA, 1949)

Directed by Joseph Seiden. Cast: Michal Michalesko, Berta Gersten, Lucy Gehrman, Gustav Berger. Poor, pious Torah scribe Hershalle Debrovner has a life that glorifies God until Satan, disguised as a business partner, turns him into a greedy, dishonest factory owner whose success desecrates both his religion and his community; betrayal and abandonment replace serenity and familiarity. Based on the play by Jacob Gordin. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Good (UK | Germany, 2009)

Directed by Vicente Amorim. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Gemma Jones. When John Halder's latest novel is enlisted by the Nazi party to push their agenda, his career and social standing instantly advance. But after learning of the Reich's horrific plans for the future, John must decide whether to do nothing and keep his fame or risk losing everything. Based on the stage play by C.P. Taylor. Special features: 90 min. of additional features including interviews with the cast and crew ; behind the scenes footage. 96 min.

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