Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion
"With top billing at many film forums around the world, as well as a string of prestigious prizes, including consecutive nominations for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Israeli films have become one of the most visible and promising cinemas in the first decade of the twenty-first century, an intriguing and vibrant site for the representation of Israeli realities. Yet two decades have passed since the last wide-ranging scholarly overview of Israeli cinema, creating a need for a new, state-of-the-art analysis of this exciting cinematic oeuvre. The first anthology of its kind in English, [this book] presents a collection of specially commissioned articles in which leading Israeli film scholars examine Israeli cinema as a prism that refracts collective Israeli identities through the medium and art of motion pictures. The contributors address several broad themes: the nation imagined on film; war, conflict, and trauma; gender, sexuality, and ethnicity; religion and Judaism; discourses of place in the age of globalism; filming the Palestinian Other; and new cinematic discourses. The authors' illuminating readings of Israeli films reveal that Israeli cinema offers rare visual and narrative insights into the complex national, social, and multicultural Israeli universe, transcending the partial and superficial images of this culture in world media."
Israeli Film: A Reference Guide
"Kronish and Safirman's volume in Greenwood's Reference Guides to the World's Cinema is an evaluative guide to 225 significant dramatic and documentary films produced in Israel, 1932-2002. Choice of films is based on cinematic quality, commercial success, critical reception, awards, and portrayal of social issues or historical trends. The authors give special attention to landmark films that treat difficult subjects (e.g., relations between Arabs and Jews) or that achieved international recognition. The introductory section, 'A National Cinema in the Making,' supplies an outstanding overview of the development of Israeli film from crude beginnings to a sophisticated art form. While the authors note a number of problems, political and otherwise, on the whole they are optimistic about the future of cinema in this young nation. The main section lists film titles alphabetically, giving year of release, credits, awards, synopsis, major themes, genres (e.g., political thriller, ethnic comedy), and cinematic highlights. A 60-page biographical section includes profiles of cinematographers, directors, and actors. Indexes include international awards, film titles, and personalities. An outstanding work, readable and enjoyable, by recognized authors. " -L. E. Jorbin Cleveland State University
The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinema
"The last decade has marked the growing visibility and worldwide interest in Israeli cinema. Films such as Walk on Water, Or, My Treasure, Beaufort and Waltz with Bashir have been commercially and critically successful both in Europe and the United States and have won a number of prestigious international awards. This book examines for the first time the new ideological and aesthetic trends in contemporary Israeli cinema. More specifically, it critically explores the complex and crucial role of Israeli cinema in remembering and restaging traumas and losses that were denied entry into the shared national past."