Since the early 1930s, Hollywood filmmakers have repeatedly, though often reluctantly, explored the hate that will not die. Some, particularly members of the North American Jewish Establishment, were fearful that raising the issue might cause greater harm than good. How have these explorations changed over time? Most recently, filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Lynn Novick, Sarah Botstein, Ken Burns, Barry Levinson, and Spike Lee have stepped forward to use cinema to fight bigotry. The issue of antisemitism as a subject for cinema has always been hotly contested, and Eric Goldman’s in-depth examination of this history proves quite revealing.
Dr. Eric Goldman bio:
Eric A. Goldman is adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and was co-host of a twenty-film series on “the Jewish experience in cinema,” broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies network. Dr. Goldman is founder of Ergo Media, a pioneer distributor of Jewish, Yiddish, and Israeli cinema. He currently hosts “Jewish Cinematheque” on JBS-TV, where he has interviewed over thirty-five artists involved in creating Jewish-subject films. He is the author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema (University of Texas Press, 2013) and Vision, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present (Holmes & Meier, revised 2011)