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The American Jewish Story through Cinema (Jewish Life, History, and Culture) Hardcover – April 15, 2013

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"For those who don’t often read academic criticism, this book may prove an enlightening way of rethinking how to experience a film. Goldman’s style isn’t too Ivory Tower as to not be inclusive, plus the stories of Jewish icons like Barbra Streisand and Jewish film producers are good and juicy." (The Times of Israel)

"Goldman (Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present) offers readers a superb, thought-provoking analysis tracing the metamorphosis of the image of the Jew as portrayed through 80 years of American cinema....Goldman paints a powerful portrait of the Jewish image by focusing his study on nine films that had a profound influence on the American public....A well-referenced, well-researched contribution to any film studies collection." (Library Journal 2013-08-02)

"The aim of this comprehensive photograph-filled book is to show how films portray the American Jewish experience. This is a herculean task, for it needs not only a knowledge of films made over the decades but a mastery of American Jewish history, literature, sociology, politics and religion. But Eric A. Goldman has the all-encompassing grasp to tell this story, both on a broad canvas and in fascinating anecdotal portraits. This is a wonderful book for any lover of American films." (Hadassah Magazine 2013-08-15)

"“A fine addition to the field. . . . Goldman's film selections, primary sources, and pedagogical tools may very well provide the impetus to stir students’ interest in the American Jewish experience."" (2014-10-15)

"Through careful research and analysis of prominent American films, Eric Goldman takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Jewish assimilation to Jewish renewal, providing a dual lens on both the American Jewish experience and its relationship to popular culture. A rare work of serious scholarship that is singularly both informative and entertaining." (Steven Bayme, National Director, Contemporary Jewish Life, American Jewish Committee)

"Goldman’s book is quite unique in the cinema studies/Jewish studies field. Broadly synthetic, the book is well-researched and amply documented. It skillfully blends primary archival sources, memoirs, biographies, and secondary academic studies in sociology, literature, and cinema to create engaging narratives about the development of the representative films he discusses. I particularly liked . . . how Goldman makes their characters and stories relevant to the overarching question that animates this study—the full emergence of American Jews into American society." (Stuart Liebman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Media Studies, Queens College, CUNY)

"If I had to select one book to accompany a course on American Jewish history through film, it would be this book. Goldman is a fine writer and a master of the subject." (Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University)

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"Through careful research and analysis of prominent American films, Eric Goldman takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Jewish assimilation to Jewish renewal, providing a dual lens on both the American Jewish experience and its relationship to popular culture. A rare work of serious scholarship that is singularly both informative and entertaining." (Steven Bayme, National Director, Contemporary Jewish Life, American Jewish Committee)

"Goldman’s book is quite unique in the cinema studies/Jewish studies field. Broadly synthetic, the book is well-researched and amply documented. It skillfully blends primary archival sources, memoirs, biographies, and secondary academic studies in sociology, literature, and cinema to create engaging narratives about the development of the representative films he discusses. I particularly liked . . . how Goldman makes their characters and stories relevant to the overarching question that animates this study—the full emergence of American Jews into American society." (Stuart Liebman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Media Studies, Queens College, CUNY)

"If I had to select one book to accompany a course on American Jewish history through film, it would be this book. Goldman is a fine writer and a master of the subject." (Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University)
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Product Details

  • Series: Jewish Life, History, and Culture
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292744307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292744301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Goldman has created a perfect blend of cinematic history, cultural insight and religious roots. He not only documents the American-Jewish experience through legendary films, producers and actors, but he does it with a compelling "insider" narrative style that immediately engages the reader. Goldman's interviews with directors and writers take us deep into the film-making process as well as reveal the artists' deeply-felt cultural motivations. Goldman, a superb story teller, historian and filmmaker in his own right, brings all the pieces together in a major contribution to the literature of cinema.
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Excellent book. The author really knows his subject matter. After reading it, you'll want to see each film the author discusses.
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By ECapello on February 27, 2014
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The book was excellent. We held a discussion group with speaker about this book. There was a lot of interest in the book.
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