Holocaust Cinema Complete : A History and Analysis of 400 Films, with a Teaching Guide

Holocaust Cinema Complete : A History and Analysis of 400 Films, with a Teaching Guide

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Holocaust movies have become an important segment of world cinema and the de-facto Holocaust education for many. One quarter of all American-produced Holocaust-related feature films have won or been nominated for at least one Oscar. In fact, from 1945 through 1991, half of all American Holocaust features were nominated. Yet most Holocaust movies have fallen through the cracks and few have been commercially successful. This book explores these trends--and many others--with a comprehensive guide to hundreds of films and made-for-television movies.

From Anne Frank to Schindler's List to Jojo Rabbit, more than 400 films are examined from a range of perspectives--historical, chronological, thematic, sociological, geographical and individual. The filmmakers are contextualized, including Charlie Chaplin, Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Roman Polanski. Recommendations and reviews of the 50 best Holocaust films are included, along with an educational guide, a detailed listing of all films covered and a four-part index-glossary.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 27.94mm | 878g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 23 photos
  • 1476684162
  • 9781476684161
  • 828,407

Table of contents

Foreword by Tim Blake Nelson
Foreword by Walter Reich
Foreword by Michael Berenbaum and Edward Jacobs
Foreword by David Zucker
Author's Preface and Introduction
1. Narrative Holocaust Film Basics
Defining Narrative Film 13
Defining Holocaust Film 15
Creating a Definitive Holocaust Film List 16
Grouping Holocaust Films: The "4+1 Genre" System 19
Non-Holocaust Films: Shorts, Television Episodes, Documentaries and Miniseries 28
2. Stats and Eras
Holocaust Film Stats 32
Four Eras of Holocaust Film 43
3. Surprising Holocaust Film Traits
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction 55
Non-American Holocaust Film Production 60
American Guilt 70
God, the Holocaust and Holocaust Exploitation 73
4. The Unavoidables: Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler and Oscar Bait
Elie Wiesel: The Elephant in the Room 79
Anne Frank: A Microcosm of Holocaust Film 83
The Black Hole of Holocaust Films: Schindler's List (1993) & Friends 96
Oscar Bait 107
5. A Practical History of Holocaust Filmmaking in Hollywood
6. The Greatest Narrative Holocaust Film Ever Made
7. Roman Polanski and The Pianist (2002)
8. Holocaust Film Curriculum Planning: The "SOFTA" System
Students 158
Objectives 165
Follow-Up 168
Time 173
Administrative 175
Summary 176
9. Recommended Holocaust Films
The 52 Best Holocaust Films 181
The Very Best Holocaust Films 275
Epilogue: Eva.Stories and Holocaust Film Trends
Appendix I: List of Holocaust Films
Appendix II: Non-Holocaust Films Often Miscategorized as Holocaust Films
Chapter Notes
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`There's a long, complicated and fascinating history of representation of the Holocaust on screen which still remains largely unknown to the general viewer. Rich Brownstein's robust and encyclopedic Holocaust Cinema Complete fills this gap in revealing the many facets of this history, from production to reception in Hollywood and beyond. Students and scholars of the genre will find here a trove of useful details while any cineaste will enjoy Brownstein's passion for and exhaustive knowledge of this painful, yet deeply important subject.`--Marat Grinberg, associate professor of Russian and humanities, Reed College, author of Aleksandr Askoldov: The Commissar
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About Rich Brownstein

After a career in Hollywood, Rich Brownstein has become a leading international expert concerning the history and use of Holocaust films. He is a lecturer for Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.
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