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Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998)

The history of the influence of Eastern European Jewish Emigre culture has had on Hollywood and the films created in its golden age.

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Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels (co-director)

Writers:

Simcha Jacobovici, Neal Gabler (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal Gabler ... Himself
R.H. Thomson ... Narrator
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Himself
Arthur Tracy Arthur Tracy ... Himself
Bernard Avishai Bernard Avishai ... Himself
Hasia Diner Hasia Diner ... Herself (as Prof. Hasia Diner)
Thomas Cripps Thomas Cripps ... Himself
Richard Kozarski Richard Kozarski ... Himself
Judith Balaban Judith Balaban ... Herself
Cass Warner ... Herself (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Robert Rosen Robert Rosen ... Himself (as Prof. Robert Rosen)
Bob Thomas Bob Thomas ... Himself
A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Aljean Harmetz Aljean Harmetz ... Herself
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself
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This film discusses the effect on how major American films in Hollywood were influenced by the Eastern European Jewish culture that most of the major movie moguls who controlled the studios shared. Through clips of various films, the filmmakers illustrate the dominant themes like that of the outsider, the outspoken American patriotism, and rooting for the underdog in society. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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They fled a nightmare to build a dream.


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Country:

Canada | USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own See more »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.33 : 1
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The film gives a montage of clips from films made by Hollywood to bolster American war efforts in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Included is Sands of Iwo Jima, which was not made until 1949, four years after the war had already ended. See more »

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Neal Gabler: One of the things that made American films so exportable is that anyone, anywhere could identify with so many of the themes of American movies. One of which was the idea of the outsider, which was a Jewish theme. Jews being outsiders making films about outsiders. You see this even in monster pictures. I mean, King Kong, there's a film about, you know, an outsider. And yet, it's the monster, if you want to call King Kong that, with whom the audience sympathizes.
Narrator: In Hollywood every outsider could...
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Huh?!
27 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary goes by two names--"Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream" as well as "Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own". The Netflix title is the latter one--and was billed as a documentary about the Jewish moguls responsible for creating the Hollywood film industry. The former title, however, has MUCH more to do with the film, as it's less a history and more a thesis about the loss of Jewishness of these moguls and the substitution of a Judeo-Christian form of Americanism into the American consciousness. So, instead of a documentary about film history, it's more a discussion of this lack of Jewishness among these men...and it's much, much more intellectual and far less entertaining. Often, I felt like the film was talking above the viewer and also, at times, used the selective use of the facts--ignoring those that did not support their ideas and touting those that did. A few examples:

Talking as if these Jewish men had positive feelings towards Black Americans. While they cited a few examples of positive roles in films, they ignored horrible examples of racism like the popularity of Steppin Fetchit and Willie Best's films.

Saying that the monster films of the 30s and 40s were metaphors for the Jewish experience. Huh?! While some COULD possibly interpret them that way, I am pretty sure that was not the films' intention.

Discussing how these moguls were pretty quiet about the Holocaust (which is true) but ignoring that these same moguls chose to break US laws about neutrality when they portrayed the Nazi regime as evil in films made just before the US entered WWII (yes, in a big departure from free speech, there really was such a law).

Blaming the moguls' performance at the House Committee on Unamerican Activities was why these men soon lost control of the studios. Many lost control because they died...not because of the HUAC and some others lingered (such as Jack Warner) for decades after these hearings.

All in all, I felt I was less seeing a film about Hollywood and more watching a film that was meant to prove some vague concept...a very vague one. Overall, a disappointment.


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