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Reel Jewish
Samberg, Joel.
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Publication Information:
Middle Village, N.Y. : Jonathan David Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 206 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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PN1995.9.J46 S26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From The Golem (1914) to Life is Beautiful(1999 English- dubbed version), the author of The Jewish Book of Lists provides plot synopses, production miscellany, and critiques of selected Jewish-themed films organized into such groupings as So it was written, so it shall be filmed; Enduring the darkness; and Between two worlds. Includes b&w film shots and sources for videos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

Joel Samberg, has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Moment, the Daily News magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Young Judaean, and 3-2-1 Contact. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in theater and journalism, Joel has also been involved in corporate communications and community theater

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: In The Beginning, There Was Tzeitelp. xi
1 From Henry Street to Hollywood: Musicals, from the first talkie onp. 1
2 License to Kvell: Families, through thick and thinp. 17
3 In the Face of Insanity: Comedy, believe it or notp. 31
4 So It Was Written, So It Shall Be Filmed: The Bible, more or lessp. 43
5 Mixed Doubles: Love, Jewish/Gentile stylep. 57
6 Enduring the Darkness: The Holocaust, to never forgetp. 71
7 A Funny Kind of Elation: Anti-Semitism, to rub it inp. 85
8 The Old Jewish Neighbor Hoods: Crime, with some not so nice Jewish boysp. 97
9 The Two Thousand-Year-Old Patient: Israel, for which we live and fightp. 107
10 Between Two Worlds: Immigrants, and other strangersp. 121
11 In a Pickle: Relationships, and other mysteriesp. 131
12 Wandering Jews: Spirited tales and magical trailsp. 143
13 Nu, What Else Is There?: Ambition, and other tales of growing olderp. 153
14 Also Playingp. 167
"Reel" Sourcesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 195
About the Authorp. 207