Trailers Schmailers (1997)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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As with its predecessors Homo Promo, Trailer Camp and Afro Promo, the messages between the lines are as provocative as what appears on the screen. This time, director Jenni Olson uses over 30 movie previews from the '30s through the late '90s to explore the role of Jewish people in American cinema. Featuring a wide variety of film clips beginning with the Marx Brothers A Day at the Races (1937) and including such films as the Moishe Oysher vehicle Singing in the Dark (1956), this movie also features clips from films specifically aimed at Jewish audiences, The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and other Holocaust-themed films, and unintentionally campy efforts about Jewish people, starring gentile actors such as Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us (1992).

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cinema, history, Judaism, movie-trailers, retrospective