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April 04, 2003 - Image 104

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-04

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Arts Entertainment

inspired comedy of Sid
Caesar and Imogene
Coca that set the stan-
Poster for
dard for comedy writing,
"His Wife's Lover;"
performing and sitcoms
1931. The exhibit
until this day.
includes an audio-
Caesar's brilliant stable
visual section on
of writers included
American Yiddish
Woody Allen, Mel
film and radio
Brooks, Selma Diamond,
of the 1940s.
Larry
Gelbart, Carl
L ER Forty feature-length
Reiner and Neil Simon,
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American Yiddish
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all American-born chil-
talkies were made
dren of Jewish immi-
between the advent
grants who forged their
of sound and
own illustrious careers
World War II.
across the entire spec-
Poster for "The
trum of American enter-
Jazz Singer,"
tainment.
1927; the film's
Today, it is television
opening titles
that plays a leading role
identify the Jews
in shaping most
as "a race older
Americans' public aware-
than civilization."
ness of Jews and
Jewishness. New York
Jews make up the largest
inventory of the medi-
um's Jewish characters,
like Jerry Seinfeld, the
central figure of the
most talked about series
of the last decade.
Hoberman says the
purpose of "Entertaining
America" is to get viewers thinking
BETTY Boor from page 79
centration camps from radio journal- about the relationship between one's
group identity and the larger cul-
ism and Edward R. Murrow's report
ture.
for CBS News about Buchenwald in
This is not just an issue for Jews,
1945.
say
the curators, but really almost
But it was the film and television
everybody
in the melting pot of
dramas after the war (and even to
America with a stake in their own
the present) that integrated the
subculture and the larger collective
Holocaust into American narratives.
culture as well. ❑
The Pawnbroker (1965) offered

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Forging A Group Indentity

The advent of television also coin-
cided with Jewish demographics.
During the late 1940s and early
1950s, Jews made up a sizable por-
tion of the television audience.

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Americans a powerful image of a
Holocaust survivor living in New
York hounded by memory. Some
American films have become the
most widely seen on the subject, like
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959),
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and
Schindler's List (1993).

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sketches, was one of the first major
programming successes of the
American television industry. -
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