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Watch Robert Duvall As an Anti-Semitic Sociopath

By On April 13, 2017

In 1960, two years before he played the reclusive hero Boo Radley in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Duvall played an anti-Semitic sociopath in a quickly forgotten film called Destiny’s… Read More

Why Orson Welles Almost Made a Film of Elie Wiesel's "Night," But Didn't
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Here’s Why Orson Welles Almost Made a Film of Elie Wiesel’s “Night” — But Didn’t

By On July 10, 2016

Owing perhaps to his prodigious literary output, the late, beloved Elie Wiesel was unforgiving of bad, or inadequate, Holocaust art, which may explain his refusal to work with one of the greatest… Read More

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The German Jewish Director With a Magic Touch

By On December 11, 2014

Like déjà vu, or the uncanny ache of nostalgia, there is something very particular about Ernst Lubitsch‘s films. The Jewish German director was known for many things—for being Hollywood’s most elegant director,… Read More

Introducing: The Golem, a Horror Film From Weimar Germany
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Introducing: The Golem, Weimar Germany’s Creepiest Film

By On August 28, 2014

Deep in the annals of obscure German cinema lies The Golem: How He Came into the World, a 1920 silent horror film about the Jewish mythical Golem and, well, how he came into the… Read More

How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC
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How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC

By On July 3, 2014

Long before JDate parodies, Yiddish cinema was poking fun of Jewish assimilation, values both “traditional” and “American,” and the desire to settle down, or, at least, get a date. Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker), made in… Read More

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Murder Most Foul

By On November 10, 2011

In 1945, British forces liberated concentration camps in Germany, Poland, and throughout Nazi Europe. Accompanying them was a crew of documentary filmmakers, tasked with recording the horrors. One of those filmmakers was Alfred Hitchcock. At that point,… Read More