The Moguls

The Jewish experience in Classic Hollywood would not have been or meant what it means to us today without the foresightedness and influence of the major studio moguls or their families that made their own distant journeys to a little Podunk town called Hollywood. It is because of, or in spite of these men that…

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, a powerful yet beautiful film, Israeli actor Topol (35 at the time) is brilliant as Tevye the father of five daughters that lived in a small simple village in Russia during turbulent times at the turn of the last century. From the opening strains of music in this film we slowly grow…

Distant Journey

Distant Journey what better movie to post about during banned book week than a 1949 forty years banned movie about the holocaust by the half Jewish Czechoslovakian filmmaker Alfréd Radok. This film was personal for him. I watched the film before reading the booklet enclosed with the DVD that explained about the making of this…

The Story of Ruth

Ruth survived being sold as a child by her destitute father for immolation at the hands of the Moab High Priest on the altar of the stone God Chemosh. As an adult she met a Judean artificer Mahlon (Tom Tryon) who was pretty handy at making gold crowns and teaching her the loving ways of…

Henry Koster

I told Rochellelynn I would post about TCM’s September theme –The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film featured on Tuesdays of this month. I looked at the themes TCM was highlighting for the month and couldn’t make up my mind which to write about. I would pick one film subject which would lead me…