This Jewish American Life: Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Jun 2, 2018 11:00 AM
Film Info
Runtime:98 min
Country Listing:USA, UK, Canada, Germany
Festival Info
Festival Year:1998
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Simcha Jacobovici
Stuart Samuels


A delight for old-Hollywood buffs, this engaging documentary chronicles how the establishment of Hollywood began with the vision of Jewish immigrants fleeing from persecution in Eastern Europe. Explore how now-legendary industry moguls like Harry Warner, Sam Goldwyn, William Fox and Louis B. Mayer went on to form the Golden Age of the Hollywood studio system, channeling their experiences as outsiders and underdogs into some of the most memorable films of the 20th century.

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This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

"Connects the dots in persuasive ways." –  Variety

"Stunning...a lucid, inviting work of social history" - New York Times