Movies about the Jewish experience or featuring a Jewish character in a central role contain some of the most memorable images in motion picture history. For this volume, film aficionado Joel Samberg has selected the best Jewish movies of all time and organized them into intriguing groupings such as The Old Jewish Neighbor Hoods, The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Patient, In the Face of Insanity, and License to Kvell. Film by film, from Avalon to Zelig, he brings outstanding musicals, adventures, love stories, heartbreakers, and biblical epics to life, offering witty comparisons, discerning criticisms, and refreshing insights into old themes.
There are sidebars that provide entree into the minds of the studio heads, writers, directors, and stars who gave Jewish movies their life. Brimming with Joel Samberg's infectious enthusiasm and delightful humor, this is a passionate celebration of the Jewish presence both on the screen and behind the scenes. Whether you are a serious film buff or someone who simply likes to escape once in a while into the magical world of movies, this volume will take you on a joyful cinematic ride.