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ISBN-13: 978-0253210982 ISBN-10: 0253210984
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Yosefa Loshitzky, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the author of The Radical Faces of Godard and Bertolucci.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253210984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253210982
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Volkswagen Blues on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Perhaps unfortunately, many of the essays in this fine collection would have to fall under the category of univocal Spielberg-bashing. The director is berated by a chorus of academics for his documentary-style authoritarianism in his approach to representing the story of Oskar Schindler and the Schindler Jews. What merits the movie does have are, by and large, swept under the carpet in the interest of pointing out its glaring faults and moments of irresponsible over-reaching. This robs the debate of a good measure of balance, but the wealth of different critical perspectives brought to bear on the discussion more than makes up for any lack of diplomacy.
The book's greatest stengths are just this sort of breadth--there are essays here by film experts, historians, literary theorists and other academic luminaries, most notably Geoffrey Hartmann and Omer Bartov. Another virtue of Loshitzky's collection is that the reader comes away with a much better grasp of the larger debate over representing the Holocaust. Essays point repeatedly to Claude Lanzmann's interview-style documentary as an ideal form, but the more careful essays admit that this is not the version most viewers would sit through, as it's too long, too slow, etc.
There are some shocking revelations, too, like things Spielberg has said in interviews that should curdle the blood of even his most vociferous supporters. He compares his trials of being rich and famous and recognizable with the suffering of victims of the Holocaust, and one wonders what on earth he could possibly have been thinking.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on July 18, 2012
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I've kind of been on a mission to find out what was wrong with American movies, something I've always been aware of but didn't begin to collect string on until, at around the same time, I did a John Waters retrospective and saw Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover".

All allegedly kinky, strangely sweet, with a friendly loving camera Spielberg/Bruckheimer eschew. Think about the wet t shirt scene in "Schindler's List".

You don't want to do it for too long, because it is horrific. When Sardou, author of "Tosca", was asked what he did to keep the attention of his jaded Belle Epoque Paris audiences? He said, "Torture the women."

This is Spielberg from the get-go. The Joseph McBride Spielberg biography, in which he torments his sisters in ways no sane parent would have allowed, reveals his taste for sadism.

Omer Bartov, for one, takes it on in Schindler's List in this scholarly book, which really is the apotheosis of Neal Gabler's cut-to-the-chase profile of Hollywood, "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood". Like many immigrant fathers, the men who founded Hollywood sought to re-establish their patriarchy on the backs of their wives, daughters and the actresses whose lives and images they obsessively manipulated.

You want to know what's wrong with Hollywood and what's right with every other cinematic tradition? Read this book.

If you are a scholar of fascist aesthetics, this book will add immeasurably to your knowledge of the techniques used to demonize people. Among the many things wrong with "Schindler's List" is its encomium to the idea that a capitalist and his needs are the resistance to Hitler.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on July 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've kind of been on a mission to find out what was wrong with American movies, something I've always been aware of but didn't begin to collect string on until, at around the same time, I did a John Waters retrospective and saw Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover".

All allegedly kinky, strangely sweet, with a friendly loving camera Spielberg/Bruckheimer eschew. Think about the wet t shirt scene in "Schindler's List".

You don't want to do it for too long, because it is horrific. When Sardou, author of "Tosca", was asked what he did to keep the attention of his jaded Belle Epoque Paris audiences? He said, "Torture the women."

This is Spielberg from the get-go. The Joseph McBride Spielberg biography, in which he torments his sisters in ways no sane parent would have allowed, reveals his taste for sadism.

Omer Bartov, for one, takes it on in Schindler's List in this scholarly book, which really is the apotheosis of Neal Gabler's cut-to-the-chase profile of Hollywood, "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood". Like many immigrant fathers, the men who founded Hollywood sought to re-establish their patriarchy on the backs of their wives, daughters and the actresses whose lives and images they obsessively manipulated.

You want to know what's wrong with Hollywood and what's right with every other cinematic tradition? Read this book.

If you are a scholar of fascist aesthetics, this book will add immeasurably to your knowledge of the techniques used to demonize people. Among the many things wrong with "Schindler's List" is its encomium to the idea that a capitalist and his needs are the resistance to Hitler.
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