The Jewish Americans [videorecording] /
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. & JTN Productions ; a production of JTN Productions, WETA/Washington, DC, and David Grubin Productions, Inc. in association with Thirteen/WNET New York ; written, directed and produced by David Grubin.
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2008.
2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
1415738440, 9781415738443
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[Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2008.
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Originally broadcast by PBS in 2008.
Special features: Interview with filmmaker David Grubin ; Jewish cooking with Gil Marks ; Rosh Hashanah ceremonial scene.
Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
Chronicles the 350 year saga of immigrants who gradually wove themselves into the fabric of American life without abandoning their traditions.
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Not rated.
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DVD, region 1, widescreen; stereo., NTSC.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-07-01:
Grubin is known for his fine historical documentaries (e.g., Truman), and here he has written and directed another winner with his profiles of 350 years of the Jewish American experience. Onsite locations, great voiceover readings of letters and documents, photos, and insightful commentary (such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the anti-Semitism encountered by Louis Brandeis) bring out the theme: the struggle to maintain an American Jewish identity in a richly assimilative dominant culture. With any such series there will be criticism of what was omitted (while the incredible contributions of Irving Berlin are highlighted and profiled, other great Jewish songwriters and musicians are absent), but Grubin provides a deft hand on the many topics addressed, including Jews in the early settlement of America, Jews in the Civil War, and Jews as a dominant immigration force in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The film can be appreciated by Jews and non-Jews alike; highly recommended for most libraries.--Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal, June 2008
Library Journal, July 2008
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