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silent films


This Jewish Hollywood Cowboy Invented the Pie-in-the-Face Genre

By On August 1, 2017

A Jewish kid from Arkansas pulls off the ultimate reinvention and makes himself a cowboy. In the process, he becomes a motion-picture pioneer — not least by filming the first on-screen pie-in-the… Read More


The Strange Case of the Missing Nazi Home Movies

By On December 8, 2016

  Here’s something you don’t read every day: Eva Braun made 16mm home movies of Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking SS soldiers. The films were used as propaganda, showing the Nazi officials goofing… Read More


The German Jewish Director With a Magic Touch

By On December 11, 2014

Like déjà vu, or the uncanny ache of nostalgia, there is something very particular about Ernst Lubitsch‘s films. The Jewish German director was known for many things—for being Hollywood’s most elegant director,… Read More


A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost Polish Jewish World

By On December 3, 2014

It’s rare that vacation photos elicit more than a yawn, and it’s certainly unusual to find anything as riveting as the 16mm reel Glenn Kurtz uncovered while sifting through a cardboard box… Read More

The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles

The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles

By On November 13, 2014

  The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, has an elaborate mural that encircles the main sanctuary. Beginning with Genesis and ending in 1929, when the mural was commissioned, it tells the… Read More


Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More

Introducing: The Golem, a Horror Film From Weimar Germany

Introducing: The Golem, Weimar Germany’s Creepiest Film

By On August 28, 2014

Deep in the annals of obscure German cinema lies The Golem: How He Came into the World, a 1920 silent horror film about the Jewish mythical Golem and, well, how he came into the… Read More


Electric Golem

By On February 16, 2012

The 1920 German silent film The Golem is a classic of early cinema–dark, tortured, dated, and silly, but also genuinely creepy at points. The film is based on an ancient Jewish folktale in which a medieval rabbi molds… Read More