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Jews in Film

Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss (TV, 1978)

Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Cast: Tom Bell, Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Marius Goring, Rosemary Harris, Anthony Haygarth, Michael Moriarty, Deborah Norton, George Rose, Robert Stephens, Meryl Streep, Sam Wanamaker, David Warner, Fritz Weaver, James Woods. ollows the tragedy and triumph of the Weiss family of Berlin and intertwines their fate as European Jews with the story of a German family, the Dorfs, whose members include a high-ranking Nazi officer ...

Homicide (1991)

Directed and written by David Mamet. Cast: Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, Vincent Guastaffero, J. J. Johnston. A tough cop in assigned to what appears to be a routine homicide case of an elderly shopkeeper. But the evidence points at Jewish arms-smugglers and to a conspiracy that causes him to question his own motives, his identity as a Jew and his loyalty to the force. Special features: Audio commentary by writer-director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy; "Invent nothing, deny nothing : five guys from Mamet's Homicide" actors Steven Goldstein, Ricky Jay, J.J.

Humoresque (1947)

Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish. A glamorous but alcoholic socialite, trapped in a marriage to an older man, finds herself falling in love with a young violinist (Garfield) from the Lower East Side whose performance she is underwriting. Lester Friedman, in his "Hollywood's Image of the Jew" (NY: Ungar, 1982), p. 36) calls the film the "quintessential ghetto film." 126 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Hungry Hearts (1922)

Directed by E. Mason Hopper. Cast: E. A. Warren, Rosa Rosanova, Helen Ferguson, Bryant Washburn, A. Budin, Edwin B. Tilton, George Siegmann, Otto Lederer, Bert Sprotte. This film focuses on the trials and challenges of the Levin family who emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City. Filmed on location on the Lower East Side, this bittersweet classic captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World. Based on the novel by Anzia Yezierska. 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I Want to be a Boarder (USA, 1937)

Directed by Joseph Seiden. Cast: Leo Fuchs, Yetta Zwerling. The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant. 15 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

This documentary examines how American filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s. This film interweaves clips from Holocaust movies and interviews with film producers and directors and survivors who work in the film industry. 2004. 90 min.

Incident at Vichy (TV, 1973)

Director: Stacy Keach. Cast: Rene Auberjonois, Harris Yulin, Richard Jordan, Allen Garfield, Barry Primus. Television adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, set in a detention room in Vichy in 1942, where a number of Jews await interrogation before being sent to concentration camps. Issues of personal responsibility are explored through the character of an Austrian prince who has been guilty of silent complicity during the German occupation of France. Originally broadcast as an episode on the television series "Hollywood Television Theatre" in 1973. 80 min.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger. During World War II, a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine, become known as "The Basterds." They are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish woman who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Invincible (UK / Germany / Ireland / USA, 2001)

Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Tim Roth, Jouko Ahola, Anna Gourari, Jacob Wein, Max Raabe, Gustav Peter Woehler, Udo Kier. Based on a true story, this is the compelling tale of a simple Jewish man who leaves his humble village to become a mythical strongman in Berlin. With Hitler on the brink of power and the world on the road to war, he risks it all to fight for his people. 135 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jakob the Liar (France / USA / Hungary, 1999)

Directed by Peter Kassovitz. Cast: Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Michael Jeter, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Liev Schreiber, Mark Margolis, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hannah Taylor Gordon. An uplifting tale of hope set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. When Jakob, a poor Jewish cafe owner, accidentally overhears a news bulletin signalling Soviet military successes against German forces, he whispers his secret good news to two friends. As the news spreads, so does a rumour: Jakob must have a radio, an offence punishable by death.