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

Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

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

Research Area: Culture and religion; Media, telecommunications, and information

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.