Nathan Abrams


Debating the Best Israeli Films

By Isaac Zablocki and Nathan Abrams

Debating the Best Israeli Films
With “Footnote” the fourth Israeli film in five years to make it to the shortlist nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Israel’s recent cinematic prowess is indisputable. Though none of Israel’s total of ten nominations actually won an Oscar there have been many more excellent films to come out of that country and we asked two experts to give us their list of favorites of recent years.Read More


The World's Top 10 Jewish Films

By Nathan Abrams

After he reviewed Lawrence Baron’s “The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema,” we asked contemporary Jewish film scholar Nathan Abrams for his choice of the best recent Jewish films. Below are his choices (in no particular order) of films over the last few decades that have made a significant impact in challenging stereotypes worldwide. Read More


Toward a Global Jewish Cinema

By Nathan Abrams

Toward a Global Jewish Cinema
Following speculative top-100 lists of Jewish movie moments and Jewish movies, the arrival of the more serious ‘The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema’ is timely.Read More


The Disembodied Evil of Jewish Horror Movies

By Nathan Abrams

The Disembodied Evil of Jewish Horror Movies
The contribution of Jews to the American film industry both behind and in front of the camera is well known and well documented. Yet, having just read Jason Zinoman’s “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror,” it has struck me that the specific contribution of Jews to the development of the modern horror genre is perhaps not so widely circulated.Read More






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