Between two worlds : the Jewish presence in German and Austrian film, 1910-1933 /
S.S. Prawer.
New York : Berghahn Books, c2005.
xi, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New York : Berghahn Books, c2005.
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Includes bibliographical references ([215]-218) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
In examining the role of Jews as a force in the success of German and Austrian cinema in the early 20th century, Prawer (Queen's College, Oxford) offers a scrupulous and detailed presentation of the complex currents of ethnic, class, self, and national identity found in films in that era. The author examines numerous films, looking at everything from design and scriptwriting to how Jewish actors were cast, how they interpreted their characters, and how external forces came to bear. Important biographical information about key figures in the industry reveals the presence of Jews in the film industry, not only in Austria and Germany but also in the broader world. The film industry in the US, in particular, benefited when German Jewish filmmakers fled Germany with the rise of Nazism and relocated to Hollywood, where their talents contributed to the so-called golden age of film. Adding to modern Jewish history as well as to international film history, this dense and meticulous study tracks those who had a hand in forging German national cinema identity but were singled out and demonized when the Nazis seized power. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. D. Talit Central Connecticut State University
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Jews have been well represented in the cinema industry from the beginning of the film era: behind the screen, as producers, distributors, directors, script-writers, composers, set designers; and on the screen, as Jewish actors and as named Jewish characters in the film's plot. Some of these characters are fictional; others, ranging from Rabbi Loew of Prague to Ferdinand Lassalle and Alfred Dreyfus, have a historic original. This book examines how a variety of German and Austrian films treat aspects of Jewish life, at home and in the synagogue, and Jewish interaction with fellow Jews in different cultural environments; conflicts and accommodations between Jews and non-Jews at various times, ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The author, one of the best known scholars in film history, theory and criticism, offers the reader a rich panorama of the many Jews involved in all spheres of the cinema and who, as the author reminds us repeatedly, together with their non-Jewish contemporaries, created a great industry and new forms of art. S. S. Prawer is a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford, the British Academy, and the German Academy of Language and Literature.
Table of Contents
Preparing the groundp. 1
Dramas and melodramas of the 'silent' periodp. 16
Comedies of the 'silent' periodp. 42
'Enlightenment' films (Sittenfilme)p. 72
1929 : a year of transitionp. 82
Ironic realismp. 115
Late comediesp. 122
Confrontations and enmitiesp. 141
A new film musicalp. 160
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