The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema by Lawrence BaronThe Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema by Lawrence Baron

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema

EditorLawrence Baron

Paperback | December 13, 2011

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Most people have seen Exodus, Fiddler on the Roof, Yentl, and Schindler's List-well-known films with obvious Jewish subjects. But the Jewish experience in film is far richer than this. Over the past century, Jewish-themed films have emerged from the Americas, Europe, Israel, and North Africa. This remarkable anthology brings together 54 new and classic essays by 49 scholars in 8 countries to analyze the Jewish presence in world cinema. Opening with a survey of the approaches employed to study historical films and how they have been applied to Jewish cinema, the book then moves on to several thematic sections containing essays on films grouped by period and region or organized around a central event or issue. These include European Jewry's acculturation; responses to oppression and belated emancipation; the American Jewish immigrant experience; the Zionist experiment; the Holocaust; postwar American Jewish life; Jewish international films; and contemporary Israeli and American Jewish cinema. An appendix offers a supplementary listing of films. Designed for classroom use, as well as for programming at film festivals, JCCs, and synagogues, the volume provides resources to help teachers and program organizers select from a broad range of movies. It includes chapter-based bibliographies of additional readings and links to appropriate web resources.
JONATHAN N. BARRON is Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. ERIC MURPHY SELLINGER is Assistant Professor of English, DePaul University. Both have published widely in the fields of 20th-century American and Jewish American literature.
Title:The Modern Jewish Experience in World CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.98 × 7.03 × 1.06 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Brandeis University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface . Abbreviations: DVD Rental and Purchase Sources . Introduction: Wandering Views - Lawrence Baron . ADVANCEMENT AND ANIMOSITY IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1874-1924 . One of Us? Contesting Disraeli's Jewishness and Englishness in the Twentieth Century - Tony Kushner . Representing the Past and Present in The Life of Emile Zola - Nico Carpentier . The Dreyfus Affair According to HBO - Lawrence Baron . Renoir's La Grande Illusion and the "Jewish Question" -Maurice Samuels . Bigotry, Manhood, and Moral Certitude in an Age of Individualism - Ellis Cashmore . THE SHTETL ON THE PRECIPICE: EASTERN EUROPE, 1881-1921 . Fiddling with Sholem Aleichem: A History of Fiddler on the Roof - Stephen J. Whitfield . Yentl: From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrome - Pamela S. Nadell . Redressing the Commissar: Thaw Cinema Revises Soviet Structuring Myths - Elena Monastireva-Ansdell . Cinema as Site of Memory: The Dybbuk and the Burden of Holocaust Commemoration - Zehavit Stern . THE AMERICANIZATION OF THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT, 1880-1932 . From Hollywood to Hester Street: Ghetto Film, Melodrama, and the Image of the Assimilated Jew in Hungry Hearts - Delia Caparoso Konzett . The Right Film at the Right Time: Hester Street as a Reflection of Its Era - Hasia Diner . Cultural Erosion and the (Br)other at the Gateway of Sound Cinema - Joel Rosenberg . Ethnic and Discursive Drag in Woody Allen's Zelig - Ruth D. Johnston . Uncle Moses: The First Artistic Yiddish Sound Film - Hannah Berliner Fischthal . REVOLUTIONARY ALTERNATIVES: ZIONISM AND COMMUNISM, 1880-1932 . The Birth of a Language, or the Man Who Loved Hebrew - Yvonne Koslovsky Golan . Zionism, Trauma, and New Identity: They Were Ten Revisited - Eldad Kedem and Benjamin Ben-David . Jews of Steel - J. Hoberman . THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS REPERCUSSIONS . Muffled Music - Lawrence Baron . "There Has Never Been Anti-Semitism in Italy": The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - Giacomo Lichtner . "All Men Are Jews": Tragic Transcendence in Kadár's The Shop on Main Street - Jeffrey Saperstein . History, Memory, and Art in Louis Malle's Au revoir les enfants - Christopher Shorley . A Reel Witness: Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List - Frank Manchel . The Pianist and Its Contexts: Polanski's Narration of Holocaust Evasion and Survival - Michael Stevenson . A Hungarian Holocaust Saga: Fateless - Catherine Portuges . Filming the Text of Witness: Francesco Rosi's The Truce - Millicent Marcus . Our Children: Responding to the Holocaust - Ira Konigsberg . "Teach Me Gold": Pedagogy and Memory in The Pawnbroker - Alan Rosen . "What Is the Way?" Finding Meaning and Purpose after the Holocaust - Asher Z. Milbauer . ISRAEL'S HEROIC YEARS, 1947-67 . Filming the Israeli War of Independence - Ariel Feldestein . Screening the Birth of a Nation: Exodus Revisited - Yosefa Loshitzky . Women, Zionism, and Persecution in Iraq: The Story of Herzlia Lokai and Her Imprisonment in Baghdad - Daphne Tsimhoni . From Black to White: Changing Images of Mizrahim in Israeli Cinema - Yaron Peleg . ACCEPTANCE IN POSTWAR AMERICA, 1945-77 . The Chosen: The Jew as Both American and Alien - Michael W. Rubinoff . Jew and Not-Jew: Anti-Semitism and the Postwar Hollywood Social Problem Film - Steven Alan Carr . Southern Jewishness on Screen - Eliza R. L. McGraw . Jewish Women and the Dilemmas of America's Postwar Middle Class - Riv-Ellen Prell . Of Lox and Columbus: Jewish and American Themes in Goodbye, Columbus - Joellyn Wallen Zollman . A Serious Film - Norbert Samuelson . When Chippewa Falls Meets Manhattan - Sylvia Barack Fishman . A DIVERSE DIASPORA . Like a Bride: The Chicken and the Egg - Elissa Rashkin . The American Dream on St. Urbain Street: Richler's Duddy Kravitz and Canadian Cinema - Scott Henderson . Jewish Assimilation in Hungary, the Holocaust, and Epic Film: Reflections on Szabó's Sunshine - Susan Rubin Suleiman . Burman's Ode to El Once Neighborhood: The Lost Embrace - Tamara L. Falicov . Sexuality, Orthodoxy, and Modernity in France: North African Jewish Immigrants in Karin Albou's La Petite Jérusalem - Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall . CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI EXPERIENCES . Munich: A Bitter Fruit on the Olive Branch - Nigel Morris . Dancing Solo in the Lebanese Mud - Ilan Avisar . Beta Israel in the State of Israel - Lawrence Baron . Love in Search of Belief, Belief in Search of Love - Shai Ginsburg . The Arrangement: Time of Favor - Yvonne Koslovsky-Golan . CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN JEWISH IDENTITIES . Jewish New York in Crossing Delancey - David I. Grossvogel . Torch Song Trilogy: Gay and Jewish Foundations - Jonathan C. Friedman . Against Tribalism: David Mamet's Homicide - Philip Hanson . Self-Criticism in Public - David Kraemer . Keeping the Faith: A Multicultural Jazz Singer - Lawrence Baron . Appendix: Alternate Films . Contributor Biographies . Image Credits . Copyrights . Index

Editorial Reviews

“This excellent collection of essays on Jewish characters in world cinema over the past ninety years . . . are at last available in a single source. [Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema] will enhance courses on Jewish cinema. It will encourage that very rubric in current film studies and film history courses.”—Cinema Post Script