GREAT JEWISH FILMMAKERS

Taught by George Robinson
Mondays, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
6 Sessions, October 19 – November 23
Registration deadline: October 12
$169 ($149 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Any survey of movie history must include many Jewish filmmakers. The presence of the Jews in the film industry isn’t limited to the studio moguls and Hollywood. From Soviet revolutionaries like Dziga Vertov to avant-garde geniuses like Chantal Akerman, from comic masters like Ernst Lubitsch to the doyen of family drama, Max Ophuls, the peaks of the film art include many a Mount Sinai.

This six-film course feature work from the directors named above as well as films by Billy Wilder and Agniezska Holland. The time frame runs from the end of the silent era to 2015 and the geography takes in everything from Moscow to Victorian London. Films and filmmakers explored include:

  • Dziga Vertov, Man With a Movie Camera
  • Ernst Lubitsch, To Be or Not to Be
  • Chantal Akerman, No Home Movie
  • Max Ophuls, Letter from an Unknown Woman

Note: Additional streaming film rentals required 

Teacher: George Robinson recently finished 26 years as the film critic at The Jewish Week (NYC). An adjunct assistant professor of media arts and technology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, he has been writing about film for almost 50 years. He is also the author of Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals (Simon and Schuster/Atria) and Essential Torah: A Complete Guide to the Five Books of Moses (Schocken).