This presentation at Limmud Oz covered the following topics:
1. Hollywood and Antisemitism: the Gabler Paradox
Here we examine the relationship between the Jews who “founded” Hollywood in the early part of the 20th century and antisemitism, drawing on the work of Neil Gabler (An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood) and Steven Carr (Hollywood and Anti-Semitism: A Cultural History up to World War II).
2. Classic 1947 Films on Antisemitism: Gentleman’s Agreement and Crossfire.
Following the realisation of horrors of the Holocaust, two unusual films on antisemitism came out of Hollywood in the same year. Both very different, even sixty years later they established an important benchmark in dealing with antisemitism in film and popular culture. Gregory Peck plays Phil Green, a non-Jewish journalist who pretends that he is Jewish to write a magazine expose of antisemitism.
3. Antisemitism as Motivation: The Case of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen
Two enduring Jewish comedians and film-makers both are responding to antisemitism in their work and professional motivation.
4. Classic Antisemitism Film Revisited: School Ties
With a direct lineage back to Gentleman’s Agreement, School Ties (1992) tells the story of a Jewish football star who attends a Christian prep school. Name of the Jewish character: David Greene (Brendan Fraser).
5. The Modern Take: Borat Comes to America
6. They changed their names.
Match the actor (col 1) with their original name (col 2)
Barbara Hershey Emmanuel Goldberg
Woody Allen Eugene Silverstein
Lauren Bacall Benjamin Kubelsky
Jack Benny Shirley Shrift
Fanny Brice Asa Joelson
Mel Brooks Irwin Kniberg
Kirk Douglas Betty Joan Perske
John Garfield Barbara Herzstein
Danny Kaye Muni Weisenfreund
Al Jolson Fanny Borach
Alan King Laxzlo Loewenstein
Jerry Lewis Allen Stuart Konigsberg
Peter Lorre Melvin Kaminsky
Paul Muni Issur Danilovich Demsky
Edward G. Robinson Julius Garfinkle
Gene Wilder Daniel Kaminsky
Shelly Winters Joseph Levitch