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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.


Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels (co-director)


Simcha Jacobovici, Neal Gabler (book)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal Gabler ... Self
R.H. Thomson ... Narrator
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Self
Arthur Tracy Arthur Tracy ... Self
Bernard Avishai Bernard Avishai ... Self
Hasia Diner Hasia Diner ... Self (as Prof. Hasia Diner)
Thomas Cripps Thomas Cripps ... Self
Richard Koszarski Richard Koszarski ... Self (as Richard Kozarski)
Judith Balaban Judith Balaban ... Self
Cass Warner ... Self (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Robert Rosen Robert Rosen ... Self (as Prof. Robert Rosen)
Bob Thomas Bob Thomas ... Self
A.C. Lyles ... Self
Aljean Harmetz Aljean Harmetz ... Self
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Self


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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Narrator: The moguls are gone, but their vision survives. The America of Edison and Rankin has given way to an alien ideology. It isn't to Communism or Judaism that the Gentile elite once feared. It's Americanism as defined by Hollywood. The icons endure. The little guy fighting the odds. The pogrom imagery. The desperate desire to survive and the various races assimilating to create the ultimate happy ending... A white middle-class President articulating the Jewish experience writ large. A new global ...
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31 March 2019 | by adamhsandelSee all my reviews

This film is a must-see for anyone who's interested in film history, Hollywood, and the men who created it.

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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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