The American Jewish Experience on Film
America is a country of immigrants, and the Jewish experience is one strand of that story. Jewish Americans—many recent immigrants—play a major role in the creation of both Vaudeville and Hollywood. Many Jewish films, both independent and more mainstream Hollywood movies from the golden age to the modern era, are stories of the experience of secularization and integration into non-Jewish societies. This course will explore films of Jewish history and experience, discussing the movies, directors, themes, and techniques, as well as the contextual history and settings. Screenings may include Gentleman’s Agreement, The Pawnbroker, Crossing Delancey, Liberty Heights, and Goodbye, Columbus, among others.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased familiarity with the breadth of Jewish life and experience
- An understanding of the theme of secularization in Jewish films
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- History and movie buffs