The Depiction of Jews in Hollywood Film from Al Jolson to Woody Allen
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Greg Metcalf will present an overview of the changing image of Jews in American film from the immigrant outsider, religious and secular, through periods of assimilation, anti-Semitism, co-option and self-questioning. Key films he will discuss include The Jazz Singer (1927), the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers (1930), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), The Pawnbroker (1964), The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Annie Hall (1977). Dr. Greg Metcalf teaches the Jewish American Experience on Film and Jewish Humor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Judaic Studies Program.