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Theodor Herzl, der Bannerträger des jüdischen Volkes (1921)

 -  Drama  -  1921 (Austria)
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This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism.

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Ernst Bath ...
Rudolph Schildkraut ...
Das ringende Israel
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Das leidende Israel
Josef Schreiter ...
Prophet
Rudolf Dietz ...
Dr. Samuel Goldblatt
Else Osterheim ...
eine junge russische Jüdin
Gita Lenart-Vago ...
eine spanische Jüdin
Axel Plessen ...
russischer Gutsbesitzer
Pippa Gettke ...
Altjüdische tänzerin
Heinz Altringen ...
König von Spanien
Ludwig Donath ...
Prinz Eugen
Eugen Preiß ...
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This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages, and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism. The film then follows Herzl's efforts to implement his ideas by converting European leaders and Jews to his cause. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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The Wandering Jew: The Life of Theodore Herzl  »

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Promoting Israel
31 May 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"The Wandering Jew", or "The Life Story of Theodore Herzl", is a propagandized biography of the Austrian who is considered the founder of Zionism -- the political movement which resulted in the creation of the country Israel in what was Palestine. Mr. Herzl's movement was successful, of course; in 1948, following World War II, the nation of Israel was returned to existence.

This film clearly considers the movement to be God's will.

If the restoration of Israel was divinely inspired, the film certainly isn't -- it's relatively unexciting. More interesting is the history of discrimination and persecution of the Jewish people; countered by their determination, and vision. There are many remarkable intertitles, which seem as if they could have been written decades later. For example, one reads: "The holocaust of persecution. An era of gruesome carnage and massacre of Jews unparalleled since the persecution of the Christians by the Romans. Christendom, appalled at the fanatical barbarity…"

Father Rudolph Schildkraut (as "The Wandering Jew") and son Joseph Schildkraut appear intermittently; the younger Schildkraut went from this appearance to US stardom in "Orphans of the Storm" (1921), and beyond. "The Wandering Jew" seems to be differ from the title character, perhaps he is a Moses type; it's a confusing, and possibly unflattering, character.

Ernst Bath staidly plays Herzl.

Camera movement is minimal.

**** Theodor Herzl (2/11/21) Otto Kreisler ~ Ernst Bath, Rudolph Schildkraut, Joseph Schildkraut


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