THE J. CREW

The era that made movie history

Before actors like James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Adam Sandler became A-list stars, Dustin Hoffman, Elliott Gould, and Barbra Streisand led the way as Jewish American pioneers in film. Hollywood’s “Jew Wave,” a new series co-programmed by Scott Foundas and the Voice’s own J. Hoberman, highlights films such as Annie Hall, Funny Girl, and The Heartbreak Kid, among others, and explores the surge of Jewish-American culture that infiltrated Hollywood in the late ’60s and early ’70s, forever changing the landscape of mainstream American movies. Hoberman attributes it in part to the “unembarrassed confidence of second- and third-generation American Jews, particularly those who were college-educated,” and “the decline of the WASP physical ideal and shift in American standards of beauty or sexual attractiveness.”
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 3. Continues through Nov. 13, 2011

 
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