Exodus (First Half)

Dir. Otto Preminger | 120 min
Narrative USA 1960

Presented as part of Jewish Identity Through Film: Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.


The epic film based on the Leon Uris novel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, who smuggles 600 Jewish refugees from the island of Cyprus to British Mandate Palestine aboard a stolen cargo vessel.

Eva Marie Saint plays Kitty, a nurse who takes on the Zionist cause and soon falls in love with Ari. Filmed on location, Exodus sparked interest in Israel by bringing its images to millions across the US.

Note: For the purposes of this discussion, we will only be screening the first half (approx. 2hr) of the film.

Followed by a conversation led by Professor Amitai Etzioni. 

“I was reluctant to choose this movie because it has been around for a very long time. I was surprised not to be able to find another movie that would allow me to lead to a discussion of the Zionist project.” – Professor Amitai Etzioni


Sunday, November 173:00 PM Pay-What-You-Choose


After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the “guru” of the communitarian movement.

Genres and Topics


Period Drama