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Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting

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Entertaining America is a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in — and been identified with — American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.

Throughout, the tone is lively, the design is playful, and key points are visually enhanced by stills, publicity photos, and memorabilia. This anthology of original analyses and primary texts covers a wide range of topics, including the multiple versions of The Jazz Singer, the saga of the Hollywood movie moguls, the irrepressible Goldbergs of radio and television fame, the representation of the Holocaust, how Charlie Chaplin and other non-Jewish stars became "virtual Jews," and the dazzling success of the television series Seinfeld. There is also an illustrated gallery of more than twenty Jewish-American stars from Theda Bara to Adam Sandler.

The principal authors, J. Hoberman and Jeffrey Shandler, examine not only the history of Jews in the industry but also the steady stream of richly varied voices that have had something to say about this history — in fan magazines as well as literary fiction, by religious and political leaders as well as journalists, historians, and Jews in the entertainment business themselves.

Entertaining America, which accompanies an exhibition opening at The Jewish Museum, is itself tremendously entertaining while providing the most expansive, authoritative look at this fascinating subject. In its pages, readers will find ample material to help them formulate their own responses to this frank, contentious, multilayered discussion.

Review:

"A thought-provoking read." Grace Glueck, The New York Times

Review:

"Entertaining America...is very good, and subtle, on this subject. It demonstrates that Jewishness was one of the givens of early movies and broadcasting — not exactly flaunted but not entirely avoided either." Richard Schickel, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A sumptuous read and a visual treat." Library Journal

Review:

"Entertaining America brings together in a single volume, as does no other existing work, not only a wide range of questions about the role of Jews in the American entertainment media but valuable new insights and perspectives on both familiar and little-known aspects of its central theme. It is itself entertaining as well as informative. Accessible, well written, always sound and often original in scholarship, it will reach a wide readership beyond those who attend the exhibition, and will certainly be useful in courses that explore the role of Jews in popular culture and entertainment." Robert Sklar, author of A World History of Film

Synopsis:

Entertaining America is a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in — and been identified with — American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.

Synopsis:

"Entertaining America brings together in a single volume, as does no other existing work, not only a wide range of questions about the role of Jews in the American entertainment media but valuable new insights and perspectives on both familiar and little-known aspects of its central theme. It is itself entertaining as well as informative. Accessible, well written, always sound and often original in scholarship, it will reach a wide readership beyond those who attend the exhibition, and will certainly be useful in courses that explore the role of Jews in popular culture and entertainment."--Robert Sklar, author of A World History of Film

Synopsis:

Entertaining America is a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in--and been identified with--American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.

Throughout, the tone is lively, the design is playful, and key points are visually enhanced by stills, publicity photos, and memorabilia. This anthology of original analyses and primary texts covers a wide range of topics, including the multiple versions of The Jazz Singer, the saga of the Hollywood movie moguls, the irrepressible Goldbergs of radio and television fame, the representation of the Holocaust, how Charlie Chaplin and other non-Jewish stars became "virtual Jews," and the dazzling success of the television series Seinfeld. There is also an illustrated gallery of more than twenty Jewish-American stars from Theda Bara to Adam Sandler.

The principal authors, J. Hoberman and Jeffrey Shandler, examine not only the history of Jews in the industry but also the steady stream of richly varied voices that have had something to say about this history--in fan magazines as well as literary fiction, by religious and political leaders as well as journalists, historians, and Jews in the entertainment business themselves.

Entertaining America, which accompanies an exhibition opening at The Jewish Museum, is itself tremendously entertaining while providing the most expansive, authoritative look at this fascinating subject. In its pages, readers will find ample material to help them formulate their own responses to this frank, contentious, multilayered discussion.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Jewish Museum, New York


February 21 - September 14, 2003


The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore


October 16, 2003 - January 18, 2004


About the Author

J. Hoberman is the senior film critic for The Village Voice and an adjunct professor of film at Cooper Union. His books include Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film between Two Worlds and The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism.

Jeffrey Shandler is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword /Joan Rosenbaum
  2. Introduction:Entertaining "Entertaining America" /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  3. NICKELODEON NATION: --Introduction /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  4. Nicklodeon boom in Manhattan /Ben Singer
  5. Charles Steiner and the Houston Hippodrome /Judith Thissen
  6. First "Jewish" superstar: Charlie Chaplin /J. Hoberman
  7. Virtually Jewish /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  8. MOGULDOM: --Introduction ;Hollywood's Jewish question /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  9. On The jazz singer ; Thejazz singer: a chronology /J. Hoberman
  10. Putting blackface in its place /Mark Slobin
  11. AN AMERICAN AT HOME, A JEW ON THE AIR: --Introduction ;Media that "speak your language": American Yiddish radio and film /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  12. Goldberg variations: the achievements of Gertrude Berg /Donald Weber
  13. Goldbergs: a chronology /J. Hoberman
  14. Religion, democracy, and radio waves: the eternal light /Jeffrey Shandler
  15. Our show of shows /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  16. STAR GALLERY: --Introduction /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  17. Theda Bara ;Bronco Billy Anderson /J. Hoberman
  18. Fanny Brice /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  19. Eddie Cantor ;Sylvia Sidney /J. Hoberman
  20. Marx Brothers /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  21. Betty Boop /Amelia S. Holberg
  22. Superman /J. Hoberman
  23. Bess Myerson /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  24. Paul Muni /Moyshe Krishtol
  25. Judy Holliday /J. Hoberman
  26. John Garfield /Samuel J. Rosenthal
  27. Shelley Winters /J. Hoberman
  28. Danny Kaye /Michael Bronski
  29. Marilyn Monroe /Susan Wender
  30. Sammy Davis, Jr. /Maurice Berger
  31. Anne Frank /Jeffrey Shandler
  32. Barbra Streisand /Rhonda Lieberman
  33. Dustin Hoffman /J. Hoberman
  34. Roseanne /David Marc
  35. Howard Stern /Mel Gordon
  36. Adam Sandler /J. Hoberman
  37. STAND-UP JEWS: --Introduction /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler
  38. Exodus: real to reel to real /Deborah Dash Moore
  39. Flaunting it: the rise and fall of Hollywood's "nice" Jewish (bad) boys /J. Hoberman
  40. At home on the small screen: television's New York Jews ;American media and the Holocaust ;Virtual Rebbe /Jeffrey Shandler
  41. Bill Clinton, Hollywood president: a chronology /J. Hoberman
  42. Not the last word: a conversation /J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691113029
Contribution:
Berger, Maurice
Contribution:
Holberg, Amelia S.
Contribution by:
Berger, Maurice
Contribution:
Berger, Maurice
Author:
Shandler, Jeffrey
Author:
Hoberman, J.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Jews in the performing arts
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Jews in the performing arts - United States
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
316 halftones. 200 duotones.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 70 oz

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"Review" by , "A thought-provoking read."
"Review" by , "Entertaining America...is very good, and subtle, on this subject. It demonstrates that Jewishness was one of the givens of early movies and broadcasting — not exactly flaunted but not entirely avoided either."
"Review" by , "A sumptuous read and a visual treat."
"Review" by , "Entertaining America brings together in a single volume, as does no other existing work, not only a wide range of questions about the role of Jews in the American entertainment media but valuable new insights and perspectives on both familiar and little-known aspects of its central theme. It is itself entertaining as well as informative. Accessible, well written, always sound and often original in scholarship, it will reach a wide readership beyond those who attend the exhibition, and will certainly be useful in courses that explore the role of Jews in popular culture and entertainment."
"Synopsis" by , Entertaining America is a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in — and been identified with — American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.
"Synopsis" by ,

"Entertaining America brings together in a single volume, as does no other existing work, not only a wide range of questions about the role of Jews in the American entertainment media but valuable new insights and perspectives on both familiar and little-known aspects of its central theme. It is itself entertaining as well as informative. Accessible, well written, always sound and often original in scholarship, it will reach a wide readership beyond those who attend the exhibition, and will certainly be useful in courses that explore the role of Jews in popular culture and entertainment."--Robert Sklar, author of A World History of Film

"Synopsis" by ,

Entertaining America is a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in--and been identified with--American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day.

Throughout, the tone is lively, the design is playful, and key points are visually enhanced by stills, publicity photos, and memorabilia. This anthology of original analyses and primary texts covers a wide range of topics, including the multiple versions of The Jazz Singer, the saga of the Hollywood movie moguls, the irrepressible Goldbergs of radio and television fame, the representation of the Holocaust, how Charlie Chaplin and other non-Jewish stars became "virtual Jews," and the dazzling success of the television series Seinfeld. There is also an illustrated gallery of more than twenty Jewish-American stars from Theda Bara to Adam Sandler.

The principal authors, J. Hoberman and Jeffrey Shandler, examine not only the history of Jews in the industry but also the steady stream of richly varied voices that have had something to say about this history--in fan magazines as well as literary fiction, by religious and political leaders as well as journalists, historians, and Jews in the entertainment business themselves.

Entertaining America, which accompanies an exhibition opening at The Jewish Museum, is itself tremendously entertaining while providing the most expansive, authoritative look at this fascinating subject. In its pages, readers will find ample material to help them formulate their own responses to this frank, contentious, multilayered discussion.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Jewish Museum, New York


February 21 - September 14, 2003


The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore


October 16, 2003 - January 18, 2004


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