The Jewish Experience on Film

YU’s Eric Goldman to Co-Host Turner Classic Movies’ Month-Long  Showcase of Jewish Cinema

This September, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) proudly presents The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film, a month-long showcase of movies focusing on Jewish history and heritage as portrayed on screen. Airing Tuesdays throughout the month, the showcase will feature introductions by TCM host Robert Osborne and Dr. Eric Goldman, adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and an expert on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film. Goldman is the founder and president of Ergo Media, a distributor of Jewish film, and is the author of two important books on the topic, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema (2013) and Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present (2011).

Eric Goldman
Eric Goldman will co-host The Jewish Experience on Film in September.

“Movies can provide a terrific lens on Israel and the Jewish people,” said Goldman. “What a terrific opportunity to have this series on TCM.”

The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film will feature more than 20 films, including four that are coming to the network for the first time. Goldman assisted in curating the month-long programming event, which is divided into seven different themes. The Jewish Experience on Film will open September 2 with The Evolving Jew, which will include two versions of “The Jazz Singer” – Al Jolson’s early sound film from 1927 and the 1952 remake with Danny Thomas. That same night, The Immigrant Experience will look at Jewish families transplanted from Europe to the U.S. and includes Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street” (1975) and Barry Levinson’s nostalgic drama “Avalon” (1990).

On September 9, TCM will devote the night to stories related to The Holocaust, including two powerful classics from the 1960s: Stanley Kramer’s “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961) and Sidney Lumet’s “The Pawnbroker” (1964). The night also includes the Orson Welles thriller “The Stranger” (1946), in which he co-stars with Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young, and Edward Dmytryk’s powerful drama “The Juggler” (1953), starring Kirk Douglas.

Israeli Classics on September 16 will feature two films appearing for the first time on TCM: “Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer” (1955) and “Sallah” (1964). The night will also include “The Jewish Homeland,” featuring George Sherman’s “Sword in the Desert” (1949, TCM premiere), starring Dana Andrews, and Otto Preminger’s “Exodus” (1960), starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint.

TCM will spend the evening of September 23 with stories about Tackling Prejudice. The lineup will feature such thoughtful adaptations as “The House of Rothschild” (1934), from a George Hembert Westley play; “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), based on Laura Z. Hobson’s bestseller; Crossfire(1947), adapted from a novel by filmmaker Richard Brooks; and “Focus” (2001, TCM premiere), based on a novel by Arthur Miller.

TCM’s The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film will wrap up on September 30 with Coming-of-Age stories. The night includes “The Young Lions” (1958), with Montgomery Clift as a young soldier coming to grips with anti-Semitism during World War II, and “The Way We Were” (1973), with Barbra Streisand as a Marxist Jew who shares a bittersweet romance with a handsome gentile, played by Robert Redford.

Learn more about The Jewish Experience on Film at TCM.