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American-Jewish Filmmakers

American-Jewish Filmmakers - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0252071539

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ISBN13: 978-0252071539
ISBN10: 0252071530
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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American-Jewish Filmmakers - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0252071539

David Desser and Lester D. Friedman

ISBN13: 978-0252071539
ISBN10: 0252071530
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this updated second edition, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors.

The effects of the Holocaust linger, both in dramatic form (Mazursky's Enemies, A Love Story) and in black comedy (Brooks's The Producers). In Serpico, Prince of the City, and Q&A, Lumet focuses on the failure of society's institutions to deliver social justice. Woody Allen portrays urban life and family relationships (Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters), sometimes with a nostalgic twist (Radio Days).

This edition concludes with a new discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish film-makers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

Author Bio

Desser, David : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Desser is the director of cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former editor of Cinema Journal. He is the author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa and Eros Plus Massacre.

Friedman, Lester D. : Northwestern University

Lester D. Friedman is a member of the radio/TV/film department at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Jewish Image in American Film and Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde."

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