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Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures with Adina Hoffman

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and “the greatest of American screenwriters” (according to New Yorker critic Pauline Kael), Ben Hecht wrote the Hollywood we know today. In this exploration of Hecht’s life and work, look at his most notable screenplays, as well as his roles as outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of World War II-era Europe and fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this renaissance man and self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America — especially Jewish America — in his time.

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