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Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Interwar Britain

Authors: Toffell, Gil

  • Considers interwar Jewish life through the previously unutilised optic of film-going
  • Contributes fresh material on the history of migrant life in Britain, detailing how a distinct migrant community inhabited and remade the modern city
  • Examines a wholly new aspect of film reception and exhibition in the UK
  • Reveals new experiences of the rituals and routines of the everyday of this community
  • Features innovative methodologically utilising a range of empirical data including oral history interviews and a plethora of archival sources
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This book investigates a Jewish orientation to film culture in interwar Britain. It explores how pleasure, politics and communal solidarity intermingled in the cinemas of Jewish neighbourhoods, and how film was seen as a vessel through which Jewish communal concerns might be carried to a wider public. Addressing an array of related topics, this volume examines the lived expressive cultures of cinemas in Jewish areas and the ethnically specific films consumed within these sites; the reception of film stars as representations of a Jewish social body; and how an antisemitic canard that understood the cinema as a Jewish monopoly complicated its use as a base for anti-fascist activity. In shedding light on an unexplored aspect of British film reception and exhibition, Toffell provides a unique insight into the making of the modern city by migrant communities. The title will be of use to anyone interested in Britain’s interwar leisure landscape, the Jewish presence in modernity, and a cinema studies sensitised  to the everyday experience of audiences.

About the authors

Gil Toffell is an academic researcher currently working on the Oxford Leverhulme Diasporas Programme. He was previously Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Interwar Britain
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56931-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56931-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56930-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 227
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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