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National Center for Jewish Film

Works: 360 works in 767 publications in 4 languages and 6,961 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  War films  Yiddish films  Documentary films  Short films  Comedy films  Nonfiction films  Romance films 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher, Producer, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by National Center for Jewish Film
The man in the glass booth ( visu )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 539 libraries worldwide
Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman (Schell) rules a financial empire from his Manhattan penthouse. He is given to passionate and capricious ravings on a variety of subjects. His growing paranoia, dismissed by those close to him, is confirmed when he is kidnapped by Israeli agents and brought to trial in Israel for crimes against humanity. Is he Arthur Goldman or is he Adolph Dorf, former SS colonel who headed a Nazi concentration camp? As the trial progresses, the question becomes more confusing
Jewish life in Wilno by Shaul Goskind( visu )
22 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in Yiddish and English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
Now known as Lv́ov, in Ukraine, this city is shown as it was in 1939. Focuses on the Jews, one third of its poulation in 1939, their institutions, and their way of life
Die weisse Rose The White Rose by Michael Verhoeven( visu )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in German and held by 206 libraries worldwide
The story of a secret society of students and their professor who printed and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets to urge German citizens to sabotage the war efforts. Their actions cost the Munich-based group their lives. Based on actual events
Americaner schadchen by Edgar G Ulmer( visu )
13 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 108 libraries worldwide
I want to be a boarder: The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant
Fuehrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt The Führer gives a city to the Jews ( visu )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in German and held by 92 libraries worldwide
This is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. Goebbles intended to use the film to prove to the International Red cross and the world that Jews were being well-treated in the camps. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director and most of the cast of prisoners were shipped to Auschwitz. Only a few survived to attest to the falsity of the film
East and West Mizreḥ un Mayrev by Sidney M Goldin( visu )
5 editions published between 1923 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 88 libraries worldwide
In a comedic film about assimilation and Jewish values, sophisticated New Yorker Morris Brown travels back to his village to attend his niece's traditional wedding. There he encounters the rambunctious Mollie, whose hijinks include boxing, and teaching other young villagers to shimmy. Mollie meets her match, however, in an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart
Grine felder Green fields by Edgar G Ulmer( visu )
7 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 86 libraries worldwide
An ascetic young Hasidic scholar leaves his studies to search the Lithuanian countryside for common people and a meaningful existence close to the land
The light ahead = Fishka der krimmer by Edgar G Ulmer( visu )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 83 libraries worldwide
The innocent, impoverished lovers, lame Fishke and blind Hodel, are beset by the superstition, prejudice and greed present in a late nineteenth century shtetl in tsarist Russia. The benevolent and enlightened bookseller Mendele helps and encourages them in their dream of escaping to a freer life in Odessa
The Yiddish cinema by National Center for Jewish Films( visu )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
Beginning with a brief history of Yiddish language and culture, the history of Yiddish cinema is recounted, using excerpts from Yiddish films: A Letter to Mother (1939), Tevye (1939, Jewish luck (1925), The Dybbuk (1937), Yiddle with his fiddle (1936), The Jester (1937), The Light ahead (1939), Uncle Moses (1932), Greenfields (1937), American matchmaker (1940). This documentary was produced "to augment the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective, 'Yiddish film between two worlds'."
Hungry hearts ( visu )
6 editions published between 1922 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 75 libraries worldwide
"Focuses on the Levin family who emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City. Filmed on location on the Lower East Side, this bittersweet classic captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World."
Lang ist der Weg ( visu )
5 editions published between 1949 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 74 libraries worldwide
A forgotten classic and a film of passionate restraint, made by and about Jewish Displaced Persons. Produced in the American zone of occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view has the power of a collective self-portrait. The young hero is deported in the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, jumps an Auschwitz-bound transport to take his chances in the countryside, and ultimately survives the war with a band of Jewish partisans to search for his family in the ruins of liberated Poland
My mother's courage by Michael Verhoeven( visu )
3 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in German and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Based on the true survival story of a Hungarian Jew, Elsa Tabori, who was arrested in Budapest in 1944, put on a train to Auschwitz, and returned home that night
A day in Warsaw ( visu )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 70 libraries worldwide
A portrayal of Warsaw, Poland in 1938, emphasizing the buildings, institutions and neighborhoods associated with the 400,000 Jews living in Warsaw at that time
Uncle Moses Onḳl Mozes by Maurice Schwartz( visu )
5 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 70 libraries worldwide
According to contemporary reviewers, "Uncle Moses" follows closely the Yiddish Art Theater's adaptation of the 1918 Sholem Asch novel by the same name. Best known for his portrayals of the shtetl, in "Uncle Moses" Asch shifts his focus from Eastern Europe to New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century. In vivid, sometimes comic, yet always soberly realistic images, the film portrays the lives of East European shtetl Jews transplanted onto American soil. The bustling sweatshop and overcrowded tenement serve as the backdrop for a rich thematic blend of romantic intrigue, old and young love, realization of financial success, disintegration of the Jewish family, early struggles of the garment workers' union movement, and the clash of old-world values and new-world dreams. The pivotal role of Uncle Moses, benevolent despot and self-made patriarch among his landsmen, serves as an excellent vehicle for consummate actor Maurice Schwartz. While often flamboyant in his portrayal of this complex figure, Schwartz achieves a characterization of great dignity and compassion
Comme un juif en France dans la joie ou la douleur = Being Jewish in France : in joy or in sorrow by Yves Jeuland( visu )
2 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Yves Jeuland's sweeping documentary explores the rich and complex history of Jews in France, the first country to grant Jews citizenship. Beginning with Revolutionary cries of Vive la France in Yiddish, the film explores the explosive Dreyfus Affair, the Vichy government's collaboration with the Nazis, and the absorption of Sephardic Jews from Arab countries in the decades after WWII. Being Jewish in France continues into the 21st century, investigating charges of rising antisemitism and the country's complex attitudes toward Israel. Includes interviews with more than a dozen leading French politicians, intellectuals and artists including Robert Badinter, Theo Klein, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, and Jean Benguigui
Yidl with his fiddle by Joseph Green( visu )
2 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 61 libraries worldwide
A young girl, dressed as a boy, goes off with her father and a band of traveling musicians into the Polish countryside. A classic Yiddish language musical-comedy. Made in pre-war Poland, rendering An Eastern European Jewish life
Jewish life in Kraków ( visu )
2 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in Yiddish and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Portrays the Kraków, Poland of 1939; includes commercial, industrial and cultural highlights, focusing on the Jews, their institutions, and their way of life
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Brandeis University National Center for Jewish Film
Brandeis University Waltham, Mass National Center for Jewish Film
Yiddish (68)
English (15)
German (14)
French (2)
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