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The Fighting 69th

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:30 PM

World War I — Jewish Experiences in the Trenches and at the Home Front Film Series

A 1940 Warner Brothers film directed by William Keighley, the film is based upon the actual exploits of New York City’s 69th infantry Regiment during WWI. The plot centers on misfit Jerry Plunkett (James Cagney), a macho and a coward, unable to fit into the Irish brigade. Among the cast of characters is also Mischa Moskowitz (Mike Murphy for his Regiment friends), who speaks Yiddish, prays in Hebrew, but fights like an Irishman. Discussant: Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University.

Presented by CJH, AJHS, LBI

Ticket Info: $10 general, $7 members, seniors, students

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La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion)

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:30 PM

World War I — Jewish Experiences in the Trenches and at the Home Front Film Series

In this 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, the story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during WWI plotting an escape. The perspective of the film is generously humanistic to its characters of various nationalities, a key character among them is Rosenthal, a wealthy French Jew. It is regarded by critics and film historians as one of the masterpieces of French cinema and among the greatest films ever made. Discussant: Stuart Liebman, Professor of the History and Theory of Cinema, CUNY Graduate Center.

Presented by CJH, AJHS, LBI

Ticket Info: $10 general, $7 members, seniors, students

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Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:30 PM

Film and Discussion

As athletes, administrators and activists, Jewish women have been involved in sports from the settlement houses in the 1880s into the 21st century, confronting ethnic and gender constraints and changing American society. Join us for an evening of film and discussion with historian Linda J. Borish whose recent research sheds additional light on the fascinating and growing historical impact of women in sports.

Presented by CJH and AJHS

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 CJH/AJHS members, seniors, students

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A Letter to Mother

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:30 PM

World War I — Jewish Experience in the Trenches and at the Home Front

This 1939 film is one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion. The plot centers on the story of mother’s persistent efforts to support her family, while her husband moves to America. After her family is pulled apart by severe poverty and the turmoil of WWI, she finally makes her way to New York in hopes for better future. A Letter to Mother was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best Yiddish films to reach America. It was the highest grossing Yiddish film of its time. Discussant: Eric Goldman, Adjunct Professor of Cinema, Yeshiva University

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Presented by CJH, AJHS, and LBI

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Commissar

Monday, December 1, 2014, 6:30 PM

World War I — Jewish Experiences in the Trenches and at the Home Front Film Series

This film was made by Aleksandr Askoldov in 1967, but was banned by Soviet censors for 20 years. The reason is the film’s sympathetic depiction of Jews. Commissar is a heartbreaking story of a Jewish family in backwater Ukrainian shtetl ravaged by war and pogroms. When a female commissar fighting in the Red Army gets pregnant, the Jewish family takes her in, as she is expecting to give birth and to return to the front. The film is remarkable for its beautiful cinematography, contrasting the domestic Jewish life with powerful images of the Russian Civil War. Discussant: Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Presented by CJH, AJHS, LBI

Ticket Info: $10 general, $7 members, seniors, students

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