Thu, Jul 14|
Online via Zoom
CINEMA AT WAR (PART I)
Sponsored by the EBIJFF in partnership with the CCJCC and Cong. B'nai Shalom. Major underwriting by the Goodman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Time & Location
Jul 14, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Online via Zoom
About the Event
In Part I of Cinema at War, EBIJFF Director Riva Gambert will reveal the different attitudes expressed in 1930s Hollywood as Hitler's threat loomed over Europe and antisemitism rose in the US. On one hand, Hollywood's Hays Office "Censorship Czar," Joseph Ignacious Breen, red-lined scripts that tried to portray the Nazis in a realistic light. On the other hand, many of the studio heads financially supported a Southern California committee that sent undercover agents to spy on pro-Nazis organizations that sided with The Third Reich. We will also take a look at the 1941 Senate hearings, which alleged that the mostly Jewish moguls were using their films to push America into war out of a selfish desire to help relatives in Europe.
Admission is free. Suggested donation is $5.00. IJWC Year-round subscribers will receive complimentary registration. Upon registration, you will first receive a confirmation email. An hour before the program begins, we will email the Zoom link you need to join the event. If you don't see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest you add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your contacts list as well.
Sponsored by the EBIJFF in partnership with the CCJCC and Cong. B'nai Shalom.
Major underwriting for our year-round programming provided by the Goodman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Later in the fall, Part II will examine how Nazi Germany first removed German Jews from its own film industry...including those on the staff of American studios...and then, under Joseph Goebbel's direction, started producing feature films and documentaries filled with antisemitic stereotypes. In addition to films that defamed the Jewish people, Leni Riefenstahl brought her 1935 controversial propaganda film,The Triumph of the Will, to the screen. Filming from low angles at the 1934 Nuremberg Rally, the director/producer/editor/screenwriter (Leni did it all) turned the "small-framed Hitler into an imposing and majestic" god-like figure.