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Was he a good man, or a scary one, or both? What do you think of the depiction of the Christians in this film? Good guys, bad guys, both? Which figures in the film are truly innocent? What do you think of the Golem figure? What does the scene with the rose in the throne room convey about the character?
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Is he a character, or is he simply a machine? Do you think that The Golem is an anti-Semitic film or not? Double Feature The Dybbuk was also made in Europe, just 17 years later, and it also deals with a tale from Jewish folklore. Like this: Like Loading Bookmark the permalink.
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Thank you for your thoughtful reading and comment, Phil! Excellent points. Kevin October 30, at am Reply. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Filmed in Austria just three years after the end of the war, Pabst tells a true story set in in Hungary. A young girl disappears from her village and Jews are blamed.
Tragically, a pogrom follows. After the war, it took the film industry in Europe quite some time to deal with the subject. The French director Alain Resnais was the first to address the Nazi genocide in , in the unsparing minute documentary "Night and Fog. It wasn't until the television mini-series "Holocaust" was made that the genocide was brought to the broader public. The four-part US production directed by Marvin J. Chomsky tells the story of a Jewish family that gets caught in the cogs of the Nazis' genocidal policies.
Fifteen years later, American director Steven Spielberg was able to accomplish on the big screen what "Holocaust" had done for television audiences. French director Claude Lanzmann harshly criticized Spielberg's drama. The Holocaust cannot be portrayed," he said in an interview. Lanzmann himself took up the subjects of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in a completely different way - through long documentaries and essay films such as "Shoah" and "Sobibor. Italian comedian and filmmaker Roberto Bengini took a daring approach in his film on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
In , "Life is Beautiful" premiered, telling the fictional story of Jews suffering in a concentration camps. The humor he wove throughout had a liberating effect. An equally moving film by Polish-French director Roman Polanski was released in The project allowed the director, whose mother and other relatives were deported and murdered by the Nazis, to work through his own family's past. Films about the life of Jesus Christ often come up in discussions about anti-Semitism in cinema. Much more controversial was the film that Australian Mel Gibson released two years later. Both Christians and Jews accused Gibson of explicit anti-Semitism in the film, saying he didn't counter the implications in the New Testament that Jews were to blame for the death of Jesus who himself was Jewish.
In public, Gibson likewise used anti-Semitic speech. Audiences and critics alike decried the anti-Semitism in the Turkish film, "Valley of the Wolves. The film employed "anti-American, anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic stereotypes and was inciteful," according to several organizations. Just how difficult it can still be to address the subject matter of World War II is evident in the response to a three-part German TV series from , "Generation War.
It was criticized in Poland for anti-Semitism and was said to have represented the Polish resistance. Margarethe von Trotta's film about Hannah Arendt was well received in The director sketched a balanced portrait of the philosopher and publicist who, in the s, grappled with a figure who was largely responsible for the Nazi genocide: Adolf Eichmann.
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Arendt coined the phrase "the banality of evil" to explain anti-Semitism clothed in seemingly harmless bureaucracy. Because the protagonist of the current Hollywood super hero hit "Wonder Woman" is played by Israeli Gal Gadot, the film was not shown in a number of Arab countries. Gadot herself had served in the Israeli army and defended her experience. Not showing "Wonder Woman" is anti-Semitic, according to the public sentiment in Israel.
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But weren't anti-Semitic films produced even before ? Frank Stern: Yes, they were. The portrayal of Jewish characters was firmly established in mainstream film. It just needed to be turned around.
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Leather spine label rubbed, a bit of rubbing along outer joints, a very good or somewhat better copy with fine interior. Not issued in dust jacket. See all items in Horror , Supernatural. See more items by Gustav Meyrink. Printing identification statement for this book: No statement of printing.
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