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FilmTalk: The Jewish-American Gangster in The Godfather Part II

This talk examines how The Godfather, Part II negotiated the representation of Jewish-American gangsters.


In 1974, The Godfather, Part II provided an iconic moment in Hollywood history. Italian-American actor, Al Pacino, persuaded his mentor, Lee Strasberg (Jewish-American guru of Method acting), to play Hyman Roth, a character based on the Jewish-American gangster, Meyer Lansky. This talk examines how The Godfather, Part II negotiated the representation of Jewish-American gangsters, looking back to the era of the 'classic' gangster, when Jewish actors became famous playing Italian gangsters, when 'tough Jews', imagined and real, portrayed a feistily defiant selfimage as violent Shtarkers who fought back against victimization.

Dr Jonathan Munby is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Lancaster University and Fellow of the Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. He is the author of Public Enemies, Public Heroes: Screening the Gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil and Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture.

This lecture is a part of our FilmTalk series in partnership with the Leo Baeck Institute London.


Speaker(s):

Dr Jonathon Munby | talks

 

Date and Time:

6 June 2013 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DP
020 7636 7247
http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

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