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The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film
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The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film

TCM proudly presents The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film, a weekly showcase of movies focusing on Jewish history and heritage as portrayed on screen. An extension of TCM's popular Race and Hollywood franchise, this showcase features introductions by Dr. Eric Goldman, an expert on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film; and founder and president of Ergo Media, a video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. Goldman is also the author of The American Jewish Story Through Cinema (2013) and Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present (2011).

The screenings are divided into themes beginning with THE EVOLVING JEW, featuring two versions of The Jazz Singer - Al Jolson's early sound film from 1927 and the 1953 remake with Danny Thomas. THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE looks at Jewish families transplanted from Europe to the U.S. and includes Joan Micklin Silver's Hester Street (1975) and Barry Levinson's Avalon (1990).

Among films dealing with THE HOLOCAUST are two powerful classics from the 1960s, Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1964). Another pair of movies looks at the formation of THE JEWISH HOMELAND, George Sherman's Sword in the Desert (1949), which is a TCM premiere, and Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960).

ISRAELI CLASSICS offer two TCM premieres, Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955) and Sallah (1964). TACKLING PREJUDICE presents two thoughtful films based on novels: Laura Z. Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and Arthur Miller's Focus (2001, TCM premiere). Among Jewish COMING-OF-AGE stories are The Young Lions (1958), with Montgomery Clift as a young soldier coming to grips with anti-Semitism during World War II, and The Way We Were (1973) with Barbra Streisand as a Marxist Jew who shares bittersweet romance with a handsome Gentile (Robert Redford).

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