Hollywood’s “Jew Wave”

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NOVEMBER 3-13

For a not-so-brief moment in the late 1960s and early ’70s, a new wave of Jewish leading men and women (including Dustin Hoffman, Elliott Gould, George Segal and Barbra Streisand) took Hollywood by storm, emerging among the most popular stars of the era and appearing in many films that, per the critic J. Hoberman, “featured a hitherto unspeakable degree of Jewish content.” A vital subset of the storied “new” Hollywood cinema of the post-Easy Rider era, and of the broader Jewish-American cultural revival simultaneously occurring in literature (Philip Roth, Saul Bellow) and other segments of pop culture, Hollywood’s “Jew Wave” forever changed the landscape of mainstream American movies and blazed the trail for such Jewish stars of today as James Franco, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler. Series co-programmed by Scott Foundas and J. Hoberman.

Past Films

The Angel Levine

The Angel Levine

Ján Kadár | 1970 | 104 mins

Practicing Jew Morris Mishkin is understandably skeptical when leather-clad Harry Belafonte appears to him as an angel.

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Annie Hall

Annie Hall

Woody Allen | 1977 | 93 mins

“You’re here in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is not expanding!” Woody’s Best Picture winner, co-starring Diane Keaton, and just as good as ever.

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Ted Kotcheff | 1974 | 120 mins

A young man (Richard Dreyfuss) in a working-class Montreal family claws his way to the top in this bracing adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel.

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Bye Bye Braverman

Bye Bye Braverman

Sidney Lumet | 1968 | 94 mins

Nov. 3 screening introduced by Village Voice film critic and series co-programmer J. Hoberman!

Four childhood friends make an epic journey to an old pal’s funeral in Brooklyn in Sidney Lumet’s funny, touching film. Starring George Segal and Jack Warden.

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California Split

California Split

Robert Altman | 1974 | 108 mins

Q&A with Elliott Gould and filmmakers Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen, Solitary Man) after Nov 5 screening!

Streetwise Elliott Gould and straight man George Segal play wired poker fiends in Altman’s SoCal study in friendship, mania, and the rush of chance.

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The Front

The Front

Martin Ritt | 1976 | 95 mins

Q&A with Walter Bernstein and J. Hoberman after Nov. 7 screening!

Tragedy and farce commingle in this wry comedy about a small-time bookie (Woody Allen) who becomes a “front” for a group of blacklisted television writers.

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Funny Girl

Funny Girl

William Wyler | 1968 | 151 mins

The one and only Barbra Streisand (in her film debut) won an Oscar for her portrayal of musical comedienne Fanny Brice in this lavish bio-pic.

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The Gambler

The Gambler

James Toback | 1974 | 111 mins

Q&A with James Toback after Nov. 12 screening!

A reckless City College professor (James Caan) lands in hock to his bookie, forcing him to prey upon family, friends and even his own students.

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Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus

Larry Peerce | 1969 | 102 mins

Cultures clash as the forthright Brenda (Ali McGraw) pulls working-class librarian Neil (Richard Benjamin) deeper into her Westchester high society. From the Philip Roth novel.

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The Heartbreak Kid

The Heartbreak Kid

Elaine May | 1972 | 106 mins

Q&A with Charles Grodin and Jeannie Berlin on Nov. 4!

Cowardly Charles Grodin bails on wife Jeannie Berlin—on their honeymoon!—when Cybill Shepherd appears, in May’s “masterpiece of social pathology.”

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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!

Hy Averback | 1968 | 92 mins

Peter Sellers stars as a phobic Los Angeles attorney who falls for a flower child (Leigh Taylor-Young), and tunes in, turns on, and drops out.

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Lenny

Lenny

Bob Fosse | 1974 | 111 mins

Dustin Hoffman is electrifying as profane prince of comedy Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse’s pioneering biopic, superbly shot in black and white. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards!

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Move

Move

Stuart Rosenberg | 1970 | 90 mins

Star Elliott Gould in person to introduce the screening!

Elliot Gould and Paula Prentiss star as a couple whose lives devolve into Kafka-esque chaos during a two-block move to a slightly larger apartment. NOT ON DVD.

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The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Herbert Ross | 1970 | 95 mins

Q&A with  Buck Henry after Nov. 13 screening!

A quick-witted New York call girl (Barbra Streisand) finds herself sharing a small apartment with a mousy Doubleday clerk (George Segal)––and falling for him.

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The Plot Against Harry

The Plot Against Harry

Michael Roemer | 1989 | 81 mins

Fresh out of prison, sad-sack numbers runner Harry Plotnick faces one disaster after another in this deadpan comedy of beleaguerment, featuring a priceless cast.

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The Producers

The Producers

Mel Brooks | 1968 | 88min mins

Before it was a Tony-winning Broadway smash, Mel Brooks’s mind-boggling, side-splitting, transcendently tasteless comedy was his classic debut feature as writer and director.

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The Touch

The Touch

Ingmar Bergman | 1971 | 115 mins

Q&A with Elliott Gould and filmmakers Ben and Josh Safdie (Daddy Long Legs) after Nov. 6 screening!

In a Swedish-American love triangle, Elliott Gould plays an ornery, suicidal writer who comes between Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow New 35mm print!

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