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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 Kozarski Richard Kozarski ... Self
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: Their's was a mythical America. A world of boundless optimism, happy endings and homespun truths. This was a world of clapboard houses with broad verandahs and white picket fences, gleaming streets and shops with friendly picture windows. Hollywood's America was made up of citizens who were industrious, religious, wholesome and decent. And although they were of different classes and ethnicities they were knitted together by a larger almost spiritual sense of family. The moguls created the ...
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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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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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