Films of Jewish Interest: Biography
Movie Recommendations

Anne Frank. 2001. DVD 791.4572 ANN TV
The true portrait of Anne Frank both before and after she went into hiding. Get to know her before the war. Experience the challenges of those who risked their lives to keep her safe. Explore the mystery of who betrayed the Frank family and what happened next.
Anne Frank Remembered. 1995. DVD B F828an
Family members, childhood friends and the people who hid the Franks bring life to the girl behind the diary. Academy Award winning documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh with selections from Anne's diary read by Glenn Close. German, Dutch and English with English subtitles.
Birth of a Golem. 1990. DVD B World (French)
This totally original dreamlike film "notebook" features Annie Lennox of The Eurythmics in an imaginative exploration of the Golem myth. The myth of the statue made of clay that comes to life becomes a platform for a parable about the art of filmmaking and the creative process.
Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years. 1996. VHS 947.7904 C
Fifty years after the Holocaust, Zev Carpati is the sole Jewish survivor of that period in his Ukrainian community. While there are other Jewish people living in this region, they have largely lost their history and traditions, and look to "Uncle Zev" for continuity. This a documentary film about that man: a musician, historian and storyteller. It also explores the common situation of both Gypsies and Jews in the region, which in the past 80 years has belonged to the Austrian Empire, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. It is now part of the Ukraine. One highlight shows Zev taking a donated Torah scroll to his birth community; the moment shows clearly what has been lost and what still remains.
Disraeli. 1978. DVD 791.4572 DIS TV
Initially mocked and ridiculed at his attempt to rise within British government, Benjamin Disraeli used his fame as a writer of scandalous novels and his charm with influential women to make remarkable strides in Parliament. He eventually became the first and only Jewish-born Prime minister to serve in the history of Britain.
Elie Wiesel Goes Home. 1996 DVD B W6517el
Elie Wiesel returns to the village of his birth and to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camps where he was interned during World War II.
Evgueni Khaldei: Photographer Under Stalin. 2000. VHS B K453ev
Chosen by a dictator to record affairs of state, photographer Evgueni Khaldei made the most of a job he was not free to refuse. This man of Jewish heritage chronicled the major events in Stalin's repressive Soviet regime, including its persecution of Jews and Gypsies, artists and political dissidents. Khaldei's famous images of events, including the trial at Nuremberg and the fall of the Reichstag, remain compelling reminders of that era in the history of the Soviet Union. Khaldei's return to his native land is chronicled by director Wajnberg, as the photographer seeks to put history and his own works into perspective. The program features many of Khaldei's outstanding images.
Frida Kahlo. 1983. VHS B K1225fr
Examination of the life and work of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, told principally through many of the approximately seventy self portraits in which the artist charted not only physical changes, but also the events in her life, including love, loss, politics, and the consuming relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera.
Homage to Chagall. 1977. DVD 759.7 C433.ho
Portrait of Russian painter Marc Chagall, with photographs of over 300 of his paintings, murals and stained-glass windows. Also includes interviews with the artist and his wife.
Isaac Bashevis Singer. 1996. VHS 839.0933 S617is
In 1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish language writer and American national, received the Nobel Prize for literature. His works have been translated into 24 languages and several of his best known books have been adapted as films, including Yentl and Enemies. The program presents Singer's life story, examines the social and political events which influenced his work, and includes commentary, archival documents and rare interviews. Part of the Great Writers series.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. 1999. DVD B G7987Li
Biography of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish baseball star.
Marc Chagall. 1985. VHS 759.7 C433ma
This film portrait, made shortly before the death of Chagall in 1985, takes the viewer on a journey through time and place on the trail of this enigmatic artist. Eventually to become the grand old man of French painting, Chagall began life in a Jewish ghetto in Russia. He escaped the restrictions of his background and moved to Paris, where he rubbed shoulders with artists such as Matisse, Leger and Dufy. There he began to create the floating surrealistic style which has remained his hallmark. Part of the Portrait of an Artist series.