Hollywood’s Jewish New Wave
Presenters from FilmShul will discuss a time when Jewish cultural visibility was making major inroads into public consciousness and popular culture via literature, music and especially cinema.
A formidable wave of leading men and women with names like Hoffman, Grodin, Streisand, Gould, Benjamin and Segal became popular movie stars, appearing in such critical and commercial favorites as The Graduate, The Heartbreak Kid, Funny Girl, Goodbye, Columbus, Where’s Poppa?, Bye Bye Braverman and others. This helped to launch mainstream Hollywood’s conception of the “schlemiel-mensch” everyman and the “nice Jewish girl.” The characterizations may have changed over the years, but the movies remain timeless and unforgettable.
This presentation will last approximately 60 minutes followed by time for Q & A.
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