Israeli Film: A Reference Guide

Israeli Film: A Reference Guide

Israeli Film: A Reference Guide

Israeli Film: A Reference Guide

Synopsis

Israeli cinema is a central tool for understanding the contemporary challenges facing Israeli society as it has developed its identity during the past decades. Although films can be considered individual pieces of work, we can gain a unique perspective on the nation's society through a careful analysis of the subject matter, issues, and styles of expression of this unique medium. This reference guide provides a survey of all major films made in Israel, as well as biographies of major Israeli filmmakers and an overview essay summarizing major trends in Israeli film--and, in doing so, offers a commentary on social trends, historical challenges, and societal issues.

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The country of Israel is young, and Israeli film is still a developing industry. As can be seen from an analysis of the quality films produced during the last 10-15 years, the industry has undergone considerable growth and is maturing rapidly. in fact, Israeli films have received critical attention and have been seen in film festivals all over the world, have been broadcast on television internationally, and have gained status and prestige as the cultural and social voice of a nation. in writing this book, we have tried to provide insight into that voice. What are the themes that have been seen on the Israeli screens? How have these themes changed over the years? Who are the people behind the films—and what are they trying to convey?

In “A National Cinema in the Making: An Overview, ” we have tried to provide a historical and social view of the films. There is no doubt that Israeli cinema reflects the existential dilemmas and the social achievements of both Arabs and Jews within Israeli society. It also reflects political crises and critical voices. Only a careful analysis of trends can provide a greater understanding of the country and the people of Israel. in order for readers to be able to assess these trends for themselves, we have tried to provide detailed information on a large number of Israeli films and filmmakers. the emphasis is on “information”—our intention was to provide as much raw material as possible, including synopsis, credits, biographical material, and so on—in order to supplement the material that already exists in English and in order to provide readers with a valuable resource in assessing the cinematic culture of Israel. It should be noted that a “guide” is not an “encyclopedia”—it does not claim to be all-inclusive. Rather, we have chosen to discuss a diverse selection of Israeli films (information on more than half of the features produced since the establishment of the state in 1948 is included herein) and to offer background on a large number

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