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What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.

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What makes a movie Jewish? A Jewish director, screenwriter, cast? Overtly Jewish themes? Can non-Jews make Jewish films? And is there even such a thing as a Jewish movie?

These are more than mere parlor-game musings: They open up a discussion about culture, identity, history, and the considerable Jewish contribution to what is perhaps modernity’s only true indigenous art form.

A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, and Jody Rosen, music critic for Slate, a Tablet contributing editor, and co-author of the magazine’s list of the greatest 100 Jewish films of all time, spoke to Long Story Short host Liel Leibovitz about Woody and Mel, the Brothers Marx and the Brothers Coen, and everything in between.



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This is kind of a deceptive discussion. More than half the Jews in the world live in Israel where plenty of films are made. It should be called “what makes a Jewish American Ashkenazi film”?

Jesse Oxfeld says:

Hi Carl. This is an American Jewish website. Welcome.

That’s exactly my point. So call it Jewish American Films. For example you can pick the 100 best English language films which would include USA, Canada UK Australia etc or you can have just the 100 best American films.

Carl is right, in part because some of the films on this list are crap and Israel has plenty of better ones. But the title shows a lack of self and other awareness.

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Visionaries

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