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Moving Images of Hate: How Hollywood Tackles Anti-Semitism
Since World War II, Hollywood filmmakers have repeatedly, often reluctantly, explored the hate that will not die, in the American context. But how have those explorations changed over time? To discover the answer, we will begin by watching movies from the immediate postwar period, when anti-Semitism was at an all-time high: Orson Welles’s The Stranger (1946), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and Crossfire (1947), which together were nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, winning three. We will then fast-forward to modern representations of anti-Semitism in School Ties (1992) and two 2001 films: The Believer, with Ryan Gosling, and Focus, based on an Arthur Miller novel.
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