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Jews in Film

Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

Directed by Larry Peerce. Cast: Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, Jack Klugman. Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, Jack Klugman, Nan Martin. A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents world and the world they have created for her while he is much less dependent on his family. They begin an affair which brings more differences to the surface. Based on the novella by Philip Roth. 105 min.

Green Fields (Grine Felder) (USA, 1937)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. "Based on the play by Peretz Hirschbein. An ascetic-quixotic yeshiva student sets out in search of "true Jews"--those whose spirit is the more profound for their connection to the land, unadulterated by the evils of city life. He finds that and more, as he becomes the quarry of two farm families who want him for their children's tutor. Quite in spite of himself the dreamy pedant (Michael Goldstein) inspires a variety of desires including a lust for learning in the irrepressible Tsine (Helen Beverly) and her wide-eyed brother Avrem-Yankl (Herschel Bernardi).

Hanna K. (Israel / France, 1982)

Directed by Costa-Gavras. Cast: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne, Muhammad Bakri. Story of a Jewish-American woman attorney's tumultuous relationships with her sullen client, an accused Palestinian terrorist, her fiery lover and her new homeland of Israel. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suß

A documentary film about Veit Harlan, maker of the Nazi propaganda film Jud Suss, and the attitudes of his family members to their father's and grandfather's legacy. Directed by Felix Moeller. 2008. 99 min.
Reviews and articles:
Jones, Kent. "Truth or Consequences." Film Comment, May/Jun2010, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p48-53, 6p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

Hate (La Haine) (France, 1995)

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Cast: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili, Solo, Joseph Momo, Heloise Rauth. Said is an Arab, Hubert is black, Vinz is a Jew, all living in Paris. Each of them needs to vent the anger they feel about the police brutality that landed another friend in the hospital. Vinz finds a Smith & Wesson .44 that sparks the shocking climax after the boys tangle with the cops and a gang of skinheads. Special features (ca.

Hester Street (1975)

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Cast: Mel Howard, Carol Kane, Doris Roberts, Stephen Keats, Dorrie Kavanaugh. Russian Jewish immigrants, Jake and Gitl, encounter trials and tribulations as they discard their old world traditions and adjust to life in America in 1896. Based on the play "Yejl" by Abraham Cahan. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by Joan Micklin Silver and Raphael Silver; interviews with Joan Micklin Silver and Raphael Silver, Carol Kane and Doris Roberts. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Het bittere kruid (Bitter Sweet) (Netherlands, 1985)

Directed by Kees Van Oostrum. Cast: Ester Spitz, Gerard Thoolen, Kitty Courbois, Frank Rigter. This interpretation of the life of a Jewish girl in Holland -- who escapes being sent to German death camps in 1942 while the rest of her family is deported -- is loosely based on the autobiographical novel by Marga Minco. The author sued to insert a disclaimer before the title that a fictional Nazi family introduced in this film and the young Jewish girl could never have had the relationship shown, a relationship contrary to her book and her experience.

His Excellency (Yevo prevoshoditelstvo) (Soviet Union, 1928)

Directed by Grigori Roshal. Based on the life of Hirsch Lekert, a shoemaker and militant Jewish Labor Bund member, who attempted to assassinate the Vilna governor in 1902 to avenge the flogging of workers who participated in a May Day rally. Although the film was intended "as a track against individualism...a greater emphasis is placed on class struggle within the Jewish community." Bourgeois Jewish Zionists find themselves pitted against fellow Jewish proletariats and the government. 76 min.

His Wife's Lover (USA, 1931)

Directed by Sidney M. Goldin. Featuring Ludwig Satz, Isidore Casher, Lucy Levin, Lillian Feinman, Michael Rosenberg, Jacob Frank, Zita Ma-Kar, Anne Shapiro. "When handsome actor Eddie Wien (played by Ludwig Satz) decides to marry, his backer Oscar (Isidore Casher) offers misogyny thinly disguised as advice. But surprises confront this devilish pair as their poor target (Lucy Levine as Golde Blumberg) struggles to separate her feelings from her scruples." 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Holocaust (199-?)

Contents: In Dark Places -- How Come Israel? -- The Good Omen -- The Hangman. Social critic and author of "In dark places," Susan Sontag, explores the meaning of Hitler's genocide with a group of present day students. This powerful document is followed and complemented by three gripping short films which probe and elaborate on the same theme. Narrator, Herschel Bernardi (Hangman). 84 min.

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