Jewish Film & New Media

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Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring

Talking Cures?: Jews and Sex Therapy in Nymphomaniac and A Dangerous Method
Jewish psychotherapists and sex therapists abound in television and film, and the nonprofessional Jewish advisor on sex, sometimes in the form of a concerned friend, is a frequently seen figure. The Internet Movie Database lists seventy-nine films and...
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On Pick-Hemo's Wounded Homeland: The Changing Representation of Trauma in Israeli Cinema
On Pick-Hemo's Wounded Homeland: The Changing Representation of Trauma in Israeli Cinema Michal Plck-Hemo, Wounded Homeland: The Changing Representation of Trauma in Israeli Cinema [(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)]. Tel Aviv: Resling,...
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On Capua's Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films
On Capua's Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films. By Michelangelo Capua. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. 211 pp., ISBN 978-0-7864-9413-2 (pb), US $35.00.The film director Anatole Litvak is not a readily familiar name because,...
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On Pomerance and Palmer's George Cukor: Hollywood Master
On Pomerance and Palmer's George Cukor: Hollywood Master George Cukor: Hollywood Master. Edited by Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 186 pp., ISBN 978-0-74-869356-6 (hc). US $120.Murray Pomerance and...
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On Case's Calling Dr. Strangelove: The Anatomy and Influence of the Kubrick Masterpiece
On Case's Calling Dr. Strangelove: The Anatomy and Influence of the Kubrick Masterpiece Calling Dr. Strangelove: The Anatomy and Influence of the Kubrick Masterpiece. By George Case. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2014. 212 pp., ISBN 978-0-7864-9449-1...
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The Importance of Jewish Ritual in the Secular, Postmodern World of Transparent
In the Amazon original television series Transparent (Jill Soloway, USA, 2014-), the secular Jewish Pfefferman family often struggles to find spiritual meaning in their contemporary California lives. One of the sites of their spiritual struggle and subsequent...
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Got Jewish Milk?: Screening Epstein and Van Sant for Intersectional Film History
Harvey Milk was an iconic gay activist whose life has been the subject of two major films: Rob Epstein's award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk (USA, 1984)1 and Gus Van Sant's biopic Milk (USA, 2008).2 Widely recognized as part of the queer...
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On Lassner's Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film
On Lassner's Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film. By Phyllis Lassner. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 272 pp., ISBN 9781474401104...
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On Pozner and Laurent's Kinojudaica
On Pozner and Laurent's Kinojudaica Kinojudaica: Les representations des Juifs dans le cinéma de Russie et d'Union soviétique, des années 1910 auxannées 1980. Edited by Valérie Pozner and Natacha Laurent. Toulouse/Paris: La Cinématheque de Toulouse/Nouveau...
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"It Happened before and It Will Happen Again": On Line User Comments as a Noncommemorative Site of Holocaust Remembrance
On the night of February 26, 2012, A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2011) won the best foreign language film category of the American Academy Awards. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film tells the story of a middle-class Iranian couple...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016

A British-Jewish Film Genre?
Consider Gasbags (1941)In the scholarship dedicated to Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (USA, 1940)1 and the growing body of historiography and criticism on Jewish and Holocaust film,2 there is little comment on the feature-length movie Gasbags (Marcel...
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Resisting Genealogy
Diasporic Grief and Heterosexual Melancholia in the Israeli Films Three Mothers and Late MarriageThe "negation of exile" is a fundamental concept in Zionism, according to which the political, social, and cultural conditions of the diaspora-always negatively...
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Ritual Reconstructed Project, 2014-2015
End of Project Event, JW3 (Jewish Community Centre, London, UK), November 24, 2015. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research CouncilIn The Savage Mind1 Claude Lévi-Strauss explains how mythological thought and rites are continuously broken down...
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On Sutak's Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 19 39-1949
On Sutak's Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 19 39-1949 Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949. By Ken Sutak. New York: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum/CCAR Press, 2012. 106 pp., ISBN 978-1-884300-25-7 (ebook). US $9.99.Perhaps...
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On Lumby's Samuel-613
samuel-613. Directed by Billy Lumby. 2015. UK: Commissioned by Dazed and Confused Magazine. Available online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT1BLg9FtNw. 16 minutes.By chance, my first viewing of samuel-6 13 occurred at the end of May 2015-the same week the...
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On Kanter's Lunch
Old Jews Slurping Soup and the Fate of Jewish HumorLunch. Directed by Donna Kanter. 2012. USA: Donna Kanter Company, 78 minutes."Gary and I are not old enough yet to eat soup," declares TV writer and producer John Rappaport, who, along with voice actor...
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On Eforgan's Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor
On Eforgan's Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor (revised 2d edition). By Estel Eforgan. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2013. 296 pp., 978-0853039150 (pb). US $32.95.When actor and screenwriter Leslie Howard died in a mysterious...
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On Niv's Look Back into the Future: The Israeli Cinema and the 1982 Lebanon War
On Niv's Look Back into the Future: The Israeli Cinema and the 1982 Lebanon War Israeli Cinema Faces the Specter of the Lebanon War Blindfolded Look Back into the Future: The Israeli Cinema and the 1982 Lebanon War. By Kobi Niv. Tel Aviv: New World Publishing...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring

Genres in Jewish and Israeli Cinema
This issue of Jewish Film & New Media continues the series on Israeli media studies, which began last year with an issue on the treatment of Jewish religious themes in Israeli films and television programs. These special issues are based on small...
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A Body in Every Cellar
When asked why their highly successful second feature, Big Bad Wolves (2013), focuses on pedophilia and violence directed against children, Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado explain that, "for us, childhood essentially reflects a...
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Arnon Goldfinger's the Flat
In his article "On the Triangle Drawn between Germans, Jewish Israelis, and Palestinians," psychologist Dan Bar-On, who studied, among other issues, the psychological and moral aftereffects of the Holocaust on the German perpetrators' children, discusses...
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The "New Psyche": A Model of Different Femininity in Film
This article focuses on a feminine character who may be seen as the "New Psyche," as she appears in cinematic texts that correspond to the ancient myth of Eros and Psyche. This woman wants to change the world, transforming it into a place where she can...
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Frum with Benefits
On a popular English-language blog about Srugim, commenter ShoRyuKen explained the show's appeal for American non-Jewish viewers:As an American, gentile (goy?), non-Hebrew speaking black person, I appreciate Srugim for giving me a window into a culture...
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Adapting Masculinities
I'm creating the kind of series I'd like to watch. I'm mixing in the spices: a bit of Oedipus, a bit of Die Hard, a bit of The Godfather. I believe that if you asked Leonardo why he had painted the Mona Lisa, his answer would be that her smile was cool....
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DIY: How to (Not So) Safely Dismantle the Bomb of On-Screen Jewish-Israeli Identity
PrologueI begin by setting the background and viewpoint from which this essay is written, to clarify some of the perspectives that I will present herein. I am a curator and a scholar, and my research revolves around new-media art. "New media" in this...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall

Trauma, Guilt, and Ethics in BeTipul and in Treatment: The Universalist Approach and (Jewish) Particularism of Psychoanalysis in Transnational Television
Produced by the network HOT3, BeTipul is an Israeli television series consisting of eighty episodes that were broadcast over the course of two seasons, from 2005 to 2008. The idea of its creator, Hagai Levi, was to make a "series that imitates therapy."1...
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Bastardized History: How Inglourious Basterds Breaks through American Screen Memory
I think America is one of the only countries that has not been forced . . . to look [its] own past sins in the face. And it's only by looking them in the face that you can possibly work past them.1-Quentin TarantinoDespite the fact that the Holocaust...
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Mehubarot: A Peep without a Show
Enter their lives and make yourselves at home.-From the promo for the television show Mehubarot, July 2001The Israeli television series Mehubarot (Connected, produced by Ram Landes and directed by Doron Tsabari) aired on the Israeli channel HOT 3 in...
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Holocaust Humor, Satire, and Parody on Israeli Television
In the Israeli collective memory, the trauma of the Holocaust is not focused solely on events that occurred in the past. The sensitive relationships between Israel and the Arab nations, the decades-long Jewish-Palestinian conflict, the threat of annihilation,...
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Through the Lens of Israeli Cinema: A Review
Through the Lens of Israeli Cinema A Review Rachel Harris Raz Yosef, The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2011. 218 pp., ISBN 978-0415876889 (hc). US $130.Anat Y. Zanger Place, Memory and Myth in Contemporary...
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On Kozlovsky-Golan's the Death Penalty in American Cinema: "Spare Me!"
On Kozlovsky-Golan's The Death Penalty in American Cinema: "Spare Me!" Vincent Brook The Death Penalty in American Cinema: Criminality and Retribution in Hollywood Film. By Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014. 288 pp., ISBN 978-178-076333-0...
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On Adler's Bethlehem
On Adler's Bethlehem Eran Kaplan Bethlehem. Directed by Yuval Adler. Screenplay by Yuval Adler and Ali Wakad. 2013. Israel: Entre Chien et Loup/Gringo Films/Pie Films, 99 minutes.Yuval Adler's Bethlehem (2013) is an Israeli film that focuses on the complicated...
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On Doherty's Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939
On Doherty's Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939. By Thomas Doherty. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. 448 pp., ISBN 978-0-2311-6392-7 (hc). US $35.00.Perhaps because of my own minor role in the controversy that engulfed...
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On Goldman's the American Jewish Story through Cinema
On Goldman's The American Jewish Story Through CinemaEric A. Goldman, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013. 254 pp., ISBN 978-0-292-74430-1 (hc), US $55.00; 978-0-29275469-0 (pb), US $25.00.Eric Goldman's...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring

Israeli Film and Television
In the last decade or so, Jewish religiosity has become a hot and sometimes even sexy subject in Israeli visual arts. After decades-if not almost a whole century-of poor public relations, religious Jews are suddenly crowding the screens of movie theaters,...
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Secularity and Its Discontents: Religiosity in Contemporary Israeli Culture
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)One of the most profound changes Jewish Israeli society has been undergoing in the last two decades has been a slow but increasingly discernible ?religification.? If we take the animosity of early Zionism...
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"Lifting the Veil": Judaic-Themed Israeli Cinema and Spiritual Aesthetics
There are moments in which, to use a Talmudic phrase, heaven and earth kiss each other; in which there is a lifting of the veil at the horizon of the known, opening a vision to what is eternal in time.-Abraham Joshua Heschel1In the opening to his oft-quoted...
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Jewish Revenge: Haredi Action in the Zionist Sphere
In recent years Jewish Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) cinema has come into being. It emerged in the early part of the twenty-first century from the Haredi community in Israel as a particular form of minority cinema. Its corpus includes dozens of films that...
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Televised Agendas: How Global Funders Make Israeli TV More "Jewish"
It is Friday night in Jerusalem at Shimon and Leah Sadeh's apartment, and Shimon (Shmil Ben Ari), the patriarch, is seated at the dinner table with two of his grown children, his daughter-in-law, and his father. Leah (Sarah von Shwartze), his wife, serves...
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On Hasamba 3G: Newer Kinds of Jews
On Hasamba 3G: Newer Kinds of JewsHasamba 3G. 201 0, 201 3. Created by Dror Nobelman and Ruti Zaid. Directed by Dani Sirkin. Produced by Eylon Ratzkovsky. Israel: HOT Channel 3.Hasamba 3G is a cable television series that ran for two seasons in Israel...
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On Shtisel (or the Haredi as Bourgeois)
On Shtisel (or the Haredi as Bourgeois)Shtisel. 2013. Created by Uri Alon and Yehonatan Indursky. Produced by Dikla Barakai and Yonatan Aroch. Israel: Yes TV.The proliferation of shows about Israel's various religious communities has been one of the...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall

The Colors of the Israeli Mirror
A woman wishes to change her looks, both her body and her face, and the process is flaunted on the Israeli television screen. This metamorphosis unfolded throughout all the episodes of the Israeli reality show The Mirror, hosted by Orna Datz and broadcast...
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Failure to Think, Failure to Move: Handicapped Reasoning in Waltz with Bashir
Introduction: Politics and Rhetoric of MemoryAri Folman's Waltz with Bashir (Israel, 2008), his autobiographical chronicle of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila Palestinian massacre during the first Israeli-Lebanon war, seems in principal a prime cinematic candidate...
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Site of Amnesia: The Absence of North African Jewry in Visual Depictions of the Experience of World War II
In this article, I initially intended to examine audiovisual representations of World War II in cinema, television, and the visual arts as experienced by the Jewish communities of North Africa under the colonial occupations of Italy and France, followed...
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My Big Fat Jewish TV Dinner: Reflections on British Jewishness in Friday Night Dinner and Grandma's House
Sue Vice opens her reading of Jack Rosenthal's Bar Mitzvah Boy (BBC 1) by recalling the effect of first watching the play on television in 1976. She notes "how exceptional it was as a television play about Jewish life in Britain presented in an explicit...
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Into the Woods: Eichmann, Heidegger, and Margarethe Von Trotta's Hannah Arendt
Into the Woods Eichmann, Heidegger, and Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt (2012). Directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by von Trotta and Pam Katz. Produced by Heimatfilm (Germany), Amour Fou (Luxembourg), Sophie Dulac Productions...
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On Casty's Robert Rossen
On Casty's Robert Rossen Robert Rossen: The Films and Politics of a Blacklisted Idealist. By Alan Casty. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2012. 276 pp., ISBN 978-0-7864-6981-9 (pbk). US $45.Alan Casty is on a mission-an important (if not particularly Jewish)...
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On Acevedo-Muñoz's West Side Story as Cinema
On Acevedo-Muñoz's West Side Story as Cinema West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece. By Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013. x + 204 pp., 978-0-7006-1921-4 (hc). US $29.95.Which titles...
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On Gershenson's the Phantom Holocaust
On Gershenson's The Phantom Holocaust The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe. By Olga Gershenson. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2013. x + 276 pp., ISBN 978-0-8135- 6180-6 (pbk). US $32.50.Russian film scholar Oleg...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring

Becoming Part of the Moving Story: Jews on the Latin American Screen
Jews were among the pioneers of film and television in most of Latin America. The historiography of cinema, however, does not usually mention the ethnicity or religion of the filmmakers since Latin American intellectuals tend to reject ethnicity as an...
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Jewish Identities in Argentinian Television Fiction: The Case of Graduados
The socioeconomic and political transformations that took place in Argentina in recent years entirely redefined the way in which Jews are represented in local television and film. From the mid-nineties and after the Incentive Law was sanctioned in 1994,1...
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Ethnic Rituals and the Public Space: Mexican and Chilean Jews in Film
IntroductionThe incorporation of Latin American economies into the process of globalization that emerged in the eighties, and the consequent hegemony of neoliberalism, brought about a crisis in national identities. The deindustrialization process engendered...
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Documenting Otherness: Jewish Latin American Female Filmmakers
IntroductionArgentina and Brazil both received large numbers of Jewish immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These two countries also have a rich tradition of documentary filmmaking that dates back to the early twentieth century.1...
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A Family History/A Country's History: The Films of Ariel and Rodrigo Dorfman
Introduction: The Dorfmans' History-An Open StoryEarly in his documentary Generation Exile, filmed in Chile and the United States in 2010, director Rodrigo Dorfman1 narrates the history of his family to his daughter. "Dear Isabella," he begins, as if...
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Acts of Memory in the Jewish Argentine Cinematic Present
Memory is always problematic, usually deceptive, sometimes treacherous.-Yosef Hayim YerushalmiIn her text Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination, Annette Kuhn claims: "Although we take stories of childhood and family literally, I think our recourse...
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On Meerapfel's My German Friend
On Meerapfel's My German FriendMy German Friend. Directed by Jeanine Meerapfel. 2012. Argentina-Germany: Malena Filmproduktion/Ricardo Freixá/Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion/ Cine Postproduction/Torus Film/Westdeutscher Rundfunk-WDR, 100 mins.My...
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Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall

Introduction
We are delighted to introduce the second issue of Jewish Film & New Media. Elyce Rae Helford opens with a study considering the ways in which Jewishness figures in the production of George Cukor's A Double Life (1947). Helford contextualizes the...
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Figuring Jewishness in George Cukor's A Double Life
In The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968, Andrew Sarris states, "It is no accident that many of [George] Cukor's characters are thespians of one form or another."1 Such insight is echoed and extended by multiple biographers, from Gavin...
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Challenging the "Hollywoodization" of the Holocaust: Reconsidering Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
One of the most prominent films made by producer-director Stanley Kramer from an original screenplay by Abby Mann, Judgment at Nuremberg premiered in West Berlin in December 1961 at a pivotal moment in the history of both Holocaust remembrance and Cold...
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Serial Trauma: Seriality and Post-Trauma in the Israeli Television Drama Parashat Ha-Shavu'a
At the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, three films were produced and screened in Israel which dealt with Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, known as the First Lebanon War (henceforth Lebanon War): Beaufort (Joseph Cedar, 2007), Waltz...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Fatal: Ben Urwand on the Hollywood Moguls and Hitler
The Good, the Bad, and the Fatal: Ben Urwand on the Hollywood Moguls and Hitler Ben Urwand, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. 327 pp., ISBN 978-0-674-72474-7 (hc). US $26.95.ABSTRACTThis...
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On Brittain and Spotton's Memorandum
On Brittain and Spotton's MemorandumMemorandum. Directed by Donald Brittain and John Spotton. 1967. Montreal, QC: National Film Board of Canada, 58 mins.About Memorandum Amos Vogel, in his book Film as a Subversive Art, declared: "With [Alain Resnais'...
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On Hicks's First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946
On Hicks's First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946 First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946. By Jeremy Hicks. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012. 312...
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On Dunn's the Worlds of Wolf Mankowitz: Between Elite and Popular Cultures in Post-War Britain
On Dunn's The Worlds of Wolf Mankowitz: Between Elite and Popular Cultures in Post-War Britain The Worlds of Wolf Mankowitz: Between Elite and Popular Cultures in Post-War Britain. By Anthony J. Dunn. London: Valentine Mitchell, 2013. 266 pp., ISBN 978-0-85303-865-8...
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On Ashkenazi's Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity
On Ashkenazi's Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity. By Ofer Ashkenazi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 234 pp., ISBN 978-0-230-34136-4 (hc). US $90.00Every scholar of modern Jewish history is familiar with...
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On Reimer and Reimer's Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema
On Reimer and Reimer's Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema. By Robert C. Reimer and Carol J. Reimer. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2012. 272 pp., ISBN 978-0-8108-6756-7 (hc). US $75.00.As part of the Scarecrow...
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On Epstein's American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity
On Epstein's American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity. By Lawrence J. Epstein. London: McFarland, 2013. xii + 210 pp., ISBN 978-0-7864-6962-8 (pbk). US $40.00.Anyone seeking to survey the depiction...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring

Introduction
Jewish film and television is a highly dynamic niche with its own specific histories, identities, agents, productions, production contexts, industries, and festivals. Reflecting this dynamism, university film and media courses and programs, adult education...
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Sidney Lumet, Political Jew
Jews have been drawn disproportionately to progressive political and cultural movements-whether as a "substitute for religion," an extension of it, or a self-interested and empathetic response to oppression-since gaining entry into Western mainstream...
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Love and Surveillance: Politicized Romance in Peter Kosminsky's the Promise
Given the central place that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict occupies in the lives and minds of millions of people inside and outside the Middle East, it is surprising that there are only a few films and TV programs so far that have dealt with this...
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Marking a New Holy Community: God's Neighbors and the Ascendancy of a New Religious Hegemony in Israel
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Menny Ya'ish's recent film God's Neighbors (2012, ...) opens on a peaceful Friday eve with Avi (Ro'ee Asaf ), a rough-looking but attractive young man, who performs the ritual of Kiddush, or sanctification...
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Rescued from Oblivion: Michael Klinger, Jewish Independent Producer
Although absent from accounts of British cinema-he merits one passing sentence in Alexander Walker's National Heroes: British Cinema in the Seventies and Eighties (London: Harrap, 1985)-Michael Klinger was a highly significant figure in British cinema...
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On Reznik's New Jews?
On Reznik's New Jews? New Jews?: Race and American Jewish Identity in 21st-Century Film. By David L. Reznik. Boulder, Colo.: Paradigm, 2012. 193 pp., ISBN 978-1-61205-071-3 (hc). US $96.00.In New Jews?: Race and American Jewish Identity in 21st-Century...
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On Bernardi et Al.'s Hollywood's Chosen People
On Bernardi et al.'s Hollywood's Chosen People Hollywood's Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema. Edited by Daniel Bernardi, Murray Pomerance, and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 2013. 270 pp., ISBN...
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On ÉMigrés and British Cinema
On Émigrés and British CinemaDestination London: German-Speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950. Edited by Tim Bergfelder and Christian Cargnelli. Vol. 6 in Film Europa: German Cinema in an International Context. New York: Berghahn, 2012. 272...
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On Abrams's the New Jew in Film
On Abrams's The New Jew in Film The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema. By Nathan Abrams. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2012. 258 pp., ISBN 978-0-8135-5341-2 (pbk). US $25.95.Jewish men and women...
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