Cinema Judaica: After the War (3)

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by

Filmmakers did not abandon these topics after the war ended in 1945.  Stories set in the midst of the recent war were popular for several years, but others tackled post-war issues, such as the continuing problem of anti-Semitism in America, and the efforts of war refugees to rebuild their lives and cultures both at home and in Palestine. The success of feature movies like Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and Sword in the Desert (1949) led to the further development of these themes in the films of the 1950s and 1960s.

Gentleman’s Agreement – trailer. Join us on August 23rd at 8pm for a FREE outdoor screening here at the JMM!

The Search – clip

Sword in the Desert – footage taken at the film’s premier!

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Cinema Judaica: Biblical Epics (4)

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The commercial success of Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949) ushered in two decades of expensively-produced “Biblical epics” and “sword and sandal” films, made both in Hollywood and abroad.  Though some were little more than drive-in theater spectacles, campy even by contemporary standards, others were critically acclaimed; Ben-Hur (1959), for example, won eleven Academy Awards, and received a citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for “promoting the cause of goodwill and understanding among all peoples of the nation.”

The Ten Commandments

Solomon and Sheba

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah

Samson and Delilah

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