Exploring Jewish Film: To Be or Not To Be

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

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Director: Ernst Lubitsch

Presented by: The Gordon Center for Performing Arts and The SNF Parkway Theater

Starring: Jack Benny, Carole Lombard

 

1942, USA, 99 minutes, Digital

Language: English

Program Notes

On Monday, October 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm

With Christopher Reed from Stevenson University.

Watch a feature-length movie with fellow cinephiles and participate in an enlightening discussion on the craft of cinema led by an expert. Light kosher snacks included.

German-Jewish émigré Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) was so well-known in his day that the phrase “the Lubitsch touch” would immediately conjure the same image in people’s minds of brilliantly scripted, sophisticated comedies. Unlike prior films such as Trouble in Paradise (1932), Design for Living (1933), this one takes on the serious topic of Nazism, though with the same uproarious bite Lubitsch always employed. Professor Reed takes us on a deep dive into this masterwork of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

This class is open to the public:

$20 for JCC members and MDFF Friends of the Festival / $25 for guests

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