American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity

American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity

by Lawrence J. Epstein
     
 

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This is a thematic survey of American films with significant Jewish content that made an important statement about America. Both familiar and lesser known films are included. An introduction discusses why American Jews were attracted to films as audiences, performers and business people, and evaluates how films help audiences think about their lives. The book then

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This is a thematic survey of American films with significant Jewish content that made an important statement about America. Both familiar and lesser known films are included. An introduction discusses why American Jews were attracted to films as audiences, performers and business people, and evaluates how films help audiences think about their lives. The book then focuses on themes and representative and important films, placing them in their cultural contexts. One of the aspects of American Jewish life brought out by the films in general is the tensions between an American and a Jewish identity and between a Jewish identity and a broader human identity. Other themes are assimilation and acculturation, interfaith relations, Israel, marriage and family relations, the role of women, Jews and American politics, and anti-Semitism including the Holocaust.

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an outstanding achievement about a very significant area of cinema and of American culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786469628
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/22/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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