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For Reel Jewish, film aficionado Joel Samberg has selected the best Jewish movies of all time and organized them into intriguing groupings such as The Old Jewish Neighbor Hoods, The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Patient, In the Face of Insanity, and License to Kvell. Film by film, from Avalon to Zelig, he brings outstanding musicals, adventures, love stories, heartbreakers, and biblical epics to life, offering witty comparisons, discerning criticisms, and refreshing insights into old themes.
Occasionally, our engaging guide interrupts his reel tour with sidebars that provide entrée into the minds of the studio heads, writers, directors, and stars who gave Jewish movies their life. We get the inside scoop on the casting of Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl (Streisand wanted Marlon Brando), on Steven Spielberg's insistence on filming Schindler's List in black-and-white (the studio feared dismal video sales), even on the romantic sparks that flew as Warren Beatty and Annette Bening shot Bugsy.
Brimming with Joel Samberg's infectious enthusiasm and delightful humor, Reel Jewish is a passionate celebration of the Jewish presence both on the screen and behind the scenes. Whether you are a serious film buff or someone who simply likes to escape once in a while into the magical world of movies, Reel Jewish will take you on a
About the Author:
Joel Samberg, author of The Jewish Book of Lists, has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Moment, the Daily News magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Young Judaean, and 3-2-1 Contact. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in theater and journalism, Joel has also been involved in corporate communications and community theater. He lives in Verona, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.
|Introduction: In The Beginning, There Was Tzeitel||xi|
|1||From Henry Street to Hollywood: Musicals, from the first talkie on||1|
|2||License to Kvell: Families, through thick and thin||17|
|3||In the Face of Insanity: Comedy, believe it or not||31|
|4||So It Was Written, So It Shall Be Filmed: The Bible, more or less||43|
|5||Mixed Doubles: Love, Jewish/Gentile style||57|
|6||Enduring the Darkness: The Holocaust, to never forget||71|
|7||A Funny Kind of Elation: Anti-Semitism, to rub it in||85|
|8||The Old Jewish Neighbor Hoods: Crime, with some not so nice Jewish boys||97|
|9||The Two Thousand-Year-Old Patient: Israel, for which we live and fight||107|
|10||Between Two Worlds: Immigrants, and other strangers||121|
|11||In a Pickle: Relationships, and other mysteries||131|
|12||Wandering Jews: Spirited tales and magical trails||143|
|13||Nu, What Else Is There?: Ambition, and other tales of growing older||153|
|About the Author||207|