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Theodor Herzl, der Bannerträger des jüdischen Volkes (1921)

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 ...
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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
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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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1921 (Austria)  »

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The Wandering Jew  »

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The Importance of Being Earnest
2 April 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This biopic of the life of Thedore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, is an earnest movie and shows the influences that caused him to seek a renewed homeland for Jews in what is now Israel. The movie spends, properly enough, a lot of screen time demonstrating anti-semitism in forms from accusations of well-poisoning to the Inquisition to the Dreyfus Case to demonstrate why Jews needed their own country.

However, the net thrust of the movie is on the order of preaching to the converted. The static camera shots, the story told through title cards, and old-fashioned techniques -- including antiquated Magic Lantern method of showing Herzl's thoughts in a small rectangle in the upper right-hand corner of the screen -- work against making this a good movie to show to Gentiles to bring them to the cause of supporting Zionism; and the acting is overly large and stagy.


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