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The American Jewish Experience Through the Lens of Cinema: Film History as Haggadah

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Eric A. Goldman; Steven Bayme

Funder(s): Durra Family Philanthropic Fund

Funder(s): Durra Family Philanthropic Fund

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Arts and arts policy)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Film and video)

Keywords: Jewish identification; Social Patterns; Film; Culture

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author examines the evolving history of how Jews are portrayed in American cinema, in order to address the question of how the general American culture has seen Jews over time. He explores the portrayal of Jews vis-a-vis assimilation, intermarriage, heroism, villainy, introspection, self-hatred, America, Israel, the Holocaust, nostalgia and other topics.