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American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.) [Paperback]

David Desser , Lester D. Friedman


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Nov. 7 2003
Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of "American Jewish Filmmakers", David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors. This book presents the effects of the Holocaust linger, both in gripping dramatic form (Mazursky's "Enemies, a Love Story") and in black comedy (Brooks's "The Producers"). In his trilogy consisting of "Serpico", "Prince of the City", and "Q and A", Lumet focuses on the failure of society's institutions to deliver social justice. Woody Allen portrays urban life and family relationships ("Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters"), sometimes with a nostalgic twist ("Radio Days"). This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 2nd edition edition (Nov. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252071530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252071539
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,781,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the First Edition: "There is much here for the serious film buff to relish." --The Jerusalem Post Magazine "[A] fascinating and challenging study, one that sheds light not only on the changing character of the American Jew, but on the changing nature of American society and the films that reflect it." --The Australian Jewish News

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Although Jewish executives, producers, writers, performers, and directors dominate the American film industry, American movies before the 1960s rarely ventured very far beyond stereotypical Jewish characters trapped within conventional situations. Read the first page
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