Now 50 years old, was the horror classic really just “a good Jewish practical joke on Christianity?”
“I told Kubrick this was a very Jewish film, and I explained why I thought so. Judaism is a breakthrough in thinking.”
“A sea change is occurring. The number of Jews, both fictional and real, is exploding on our screens, right in front of our eyes.”
Kubrick even populated his movie with ersatz Jews — figures who, while not explicitly Jewish on screen, could be read as such.
Kubrick subtly draws upon explicit comparisons that were made between the Americans in Vietnam and the Nazis in Europe.
Transformers embody the Jewish experience — the struggle of Jews to blend into, and pass, in western Christian society.
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.
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.
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.
Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
By Jason Zinoman
The Penguin Press, 272 pages, $25.95