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The "Jew" in Cinema: From the Golem to Don't Touch My Holocaust (Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies)

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From cinema's beginnings, the film image of the "Jew" has closely followed the fortunes and misfortunes of Jews. Analyzing more than 70 films made in the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, East and West Germany, France, Italy, the United States, and Israel from 1920 to the 1990s, noted historian Omer Bartov argues that depictions of the "Jew" in film have been fed by, or have reacted to, certain stereotypical depictions of Jews arising from age-old prejudices. These images, in turn, both reflected public attitudes and helped to shape them. He points to Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ as one of the most recent examples of the phenomenon. In trenchant discussions of individual films, Bartov develops four basic cinematic representations of the "Jew": as perpetrator (especially in antisemitic films), as victim (especially in films about the Holocaust), as hero (especially in films about the state of Israel), and as anti-hero (especially in films about the Arab-Israeli conflict).

This absorbing book reveals the ways in which powerful images remained deeply embedded in the creative imagination, even as the circumstances that originally engendered them underwent profound changes. Bartov concludes that some of the fundamental prejudices about Jews, which predate cinema, persisted in cinematic depictions throughout the 20th century, although they have been reinterpreted according to changing political regimes, ideologies, and tastes. Covering a range of traditions and periods, The "Jew" in Cinema provides original and provocative interpretations that often contradict conventional views. Placing cinematic representations of the "Jew" within their historical context, Bartov demonstrates the powerful political, social, and cultural impact of these images on popular attitudes.

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This absorbing book reveals the ways in which powerful images remained deeply embedded in the creative imagination, even as the circumstances that originally engendered them underwent profound changes. Bartov concludes that some of the fundamental prejudices about Jews, which predate cinema, persisted in cinematic depictions throughout the 20th century, although they have been reinterpreted according to changing political regimes, ideologies, and tastes. Covering a range of traditions and periods, The "Jew" in Cinema provides original and provocative interpretations that often contradict conventional views. Placing cinematic representations of the "Jew" within their historical context, Bartov demonstrates the powerful political, social, and cultural impact of these images on popular attitudes.

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Explores cinematic representations of the "Jew" from film's early days to the present.

About the Author

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. His many books include Hitler's Army, Mirrors of Destruction, and Germany's War and the Holocaust. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

List of Abbreviations

1. The "Jew" as Perpetrator

2. The "Jew" as Victim

3. The "Jew" as Hero

4. The "Jew" as Anti-Hero

Notes

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253217455
Subtitle:
From The Golem to Don't Touch My Holocaust
Author:
Bartov, Omer
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
American Literature and Literary Studies; Performance Studies; Cinema; Cinema/Film; Criticism; Europe; History; Holocaust; Jewish Studies; Literature and Literary Studies; Media
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies
Publication Date:
20050107
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
52 bandw photos
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.16 x 6.2 x 0.95 in

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"Synopsis" by , This absorbing book reveals the ways in which powerful images remained deeply embedded in the creative imagination, even as the circumstances that originally engendered them underwent profound changes. Bartov concludes that some of the fundamental prejudices about Jews, which predate cinema, persisted in cinematic depictions throughout the 20th century, although they have been reinterpreted according to changing political regimes, ideologies, and tastes. Covering a range of traditions and periods, The "Jew" in Cinema provides original and provocative interpretations that often contradict conventional views. Placing cinematic representations of the "Jew" within their historical context, Bartov demonstrates the powerful political, social, and cultural impact of these images on popular attitudes.
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