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No. 30: 12 Angry Men

Talmudic interpretations of the law

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1957, dir. Sidney Lumet. None of the angry men have names, but their passion for debating the intricacies of the law has a distinct Talmudic feeling. This is particularly true for Juror No. 11, whose speech about the majesty of the American justice system is the movie’s key scene; he was played by George Voskovec, a Jew who fled Czechoslovakia in 1939, lending additional weight to the film’s message of decency overcoming bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

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No. 30: 12 Angry Men

Talmudic interpretations of the law

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