A History of Israeli Cinema

Likewise, the director fails to discuss the relationship between television and cinematic productions. Once again, the one television drama noted, Ram Loevy's 1978 "Khirbet Khizah," poses the same question that was asked about documentaries, especially television series and their role in the recent boom in Israeli filmmaking.

In a similar manner, History includes just one short feature film, Avi Mograbi's 1989 Gerush (Expulsion). The choice is particularly interesting given that Nadjari does not note that this is a short, and that Mograbi's reputation is in documentary, not feature filmmaking. Nadjari's choice of Mograbi's film also raises questions about what the relationship is between Israeli shorts and the "larger" cinematic works.

Be that as it may, Nadjari's A History of Israeli Cinema is a worthy introduction to Israeli cinema.


This article was first printed at Zeek, a Patheos Partner, and is reprinted with permission. A History of Israeli Cinema is being shown as part of the 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival.

Shai Ginsburg teaches Israeli culture at Duke University, North Carolina. He has published articles on Israeli literature, culture, and history. He formerly reviewed films for Tikkun



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