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Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998)

The history of the influence of Eastern European Jewish Emigre culture has had on Hollywood and the films created in its golden age.


Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels (co-director)


Simcha Jacobovici, Neal Gabler (book)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal Gabler ... Himself
R.H. Thomson ... Narrator
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Himself
Arthur Tracy Arthur Tracy ... Himself
Bernard Avishai Bernard Avishai ... Himself
Hasia Diner Hasia Diner ... Herself (as Prof. Hasia Diner)
Thomas Cripps Thomas Cripps ... Himself
Richard Kozarski Richard Kozarski ... Himself
Judith Balaban Judith Balaban ... Herself
Cass Warner ... Herself (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Robert Rosen Robert Rosen ... Himself (as Prof. Robert Rosen)
Bob Thomas Bob Thomas ... Himself
A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Aljean Harmetz Aljean Harmetz ... Herself
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself


This film discusses the effect on how major American films in Hollywood were influenced by the Eastern European Jewish culture that most of the major movie moguls who controlled the studios shared. Through clips of various films, the filmmakers illustrate the dominant themes like that of the outsider, the outspoken American patriotism, and rooting for the underdog in society. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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They fled a nightmare to build a dream.




Canada | USA | UK | Germany



Release Date:

22 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own See more »

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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film gives a montage of clips from films made by Hollywood to bolster American war efforts in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Included is Sands of Iwo Jima, which was not made until 1949, four years after the war had already ended. See more »


Narrator: Among these immigrants were the future founders of the studios. They came with little money and few belongings, but they brought with them a new vision of America. Hollywood was a dream dreamt by Jews who were fleeing a nightmare.
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Features Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) See more »

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31 March 2019 | by adamhsandelSee all my reviews

This film is a must-see for anyone who's interested in film history, Hollywood, and the men who created it.

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