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Representations of Jews and Jewish Life in Film

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.