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  • Dietz, Kathryn Pierce (National Endowment for the Humanities, 1999)
    It is unusual for us to include a grant proposal in this catalog and repository, but in this case we thought it appropriate. It includes a detailed discussion of the lives and accomplishments of the Fleischer brothers, a ...
  • Ivry, Benjamin (Forward, 2020-08-08)
    "Betty Boop’s first appearance in a cartoon short [was] produced by the Austrian Jewish animator Max Fleischer." Find out more about her origins and "Betty’s mercurial variety and ambiguity" in this article by clicking ...
  • Salkin, Jeffrey (RNS Religion News Service, 2015-03-18)
    This article is about Michael Douglas, son of actor Kirk Douglas (click on the link below for Kirk Douglas's obituary). The article praises Douglas for being among the few Hollywood actors to proudly affirm his Jewishness ...
  • Reinhardt, Gottfried (Director) (YouTube, 1961)
    The entire movie, "Town Without Pity," starring Kirk Douglas, is available on YouTube. The movie is about four American soldiers stationed in Germany, who were charged with the rape of a local German girl. Click on the ...
  • Berkvist, Robert (New York Times, 2020-02-05)
    This New York Times obituary describes Kirk Douglas, who died at the age of 103 in 2020, as "one of the last surviving movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age." He starred in many films, among the best known of which are ...
  • Wayne, Johnny; Shuster, Frank (YouYube, 1958)
    A YouTube video of the comedy routine, "Rinse The Blood Off My Toga," which Wayne and Shuster performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1958 (no upload date is available). Click on the link above to see the video. To read ...
  • Salutin, Rick (Toronto Star, 2011-08-25)
    Wayne and Shuster were a comedy duo who were active for over 50 years. Although they achieved notable fame in the United States, making numerous appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show," they did not relocate to the United ...
  • Davidson, Steven (Forward, 2017-09-29)
    Larry David co-created (with Jerry Seinfeld) the television hit series, "Seinfeld," and created and writes and stars in the long-running HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In this article, Steven Davidson argues that "Curb ...
  • Scott, A.O. (New York Times, 2005-11-11)
    New York Times film reviewer, A.O. Scott reviews the film, "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic." He sees her humor as an attempt to be a transgressive way of taking on taboo topics, and argues that her "mocking political ...
  • Scott, A.O.; Silverman, Sarah (New York Times, 2021-05-19)
    Film Critic for the New York Times, A.O. Scott, wrote a scathing review of Sarah Silverman's 2005 movie, "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic." He criticized her for the attitude reflected in the film about race."“She depends ...
  • Goldstein, Eric (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-02-27)
    This article is about Elaine May, the daughter of an actor in Yiddish theater, who was part of the popular and successful comedy duo in the 1950s and 60s, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. She later became one of the most ...
  • Wolcott, James (The New York Times Book Review, 2021-02-02)
    A review of journalist and film historian, Mark Harris's biography of the well-know movie director, Mike Nichols. The book describes how Nichols trajectory was galvanized at the University of Chicago, where he met Elaine ...
  • Lee, Amanda (The Washington Post, 2019-05-06)
    This article discusses the ways in which Jewish stereotypes are navigated in the popular television series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The show is set in the late 1950s to early 1960s. The upper middle-class Midge Maisel, ...
  • Cohn, Lee Michael (Aish.com, 2020-01-20)
    "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is a very popular television series about a young upper-middle class Jewish woman in the late 1950s and early 60's. As the show begins, the main character he is a very proper and in many ways ...
  • Van Dyke, Jonathan (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 2018-01-19)
    Norman Lear is best known for creating and producing the landmark television shows, "All in the Family," "Maude," "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons." These shows treated controversial topics such as race relations, politics ...
  • Machover, Robert (YouTube, 2011-06-07)
    "Shaping Things - A Choreographic Journal with Frances Alenikoff" is a documentary about the process behind the work of Frances Alenikoff. See the trailer on YouTube by clicking on the link.
  • Fox, Margalit (The New York Times, 2012-07-08)
    A New York Times obituary about Frances Alenikoff, a dancer, choreographer and artist. Alenilkoff became known for her multimedia performances, incorporating slides and chanting.During the course of her career, she founded ...
  • Eisentraut, Jochen (YouTube, 2020-07-18)
    In this YouTube video, Jochen Eisentraut interviews Nathan Abrams about his 2018 book, entitled "Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual." Abrams notes in the interview that, although Kubrick was not an explicitly ...
  • Solomon, Alisa (Jewish Currents, 2020-07-01)
    A discussion of the significant differences between Philip Roth's novel, The Plot Against America, and its adaptation by David Simon and Ed Burns as an HBO miniseries. The writer contends that the differences are both ...
  • Barson, Michael; Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1998)
    A biography of the famous Jewish American "motion-picture director and producer whose diverse films—which ranged from science-fiction fare, including such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T.: The ...

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