The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
As Tablet Magazine’s Liel Liebovitz pointed out, TRON may look like a sci-fi thriller, but it’s actually a parable about religious persecution. The standard reading of the 1982 film—its sequel is out now—is as a Christian allegory: Clu, the alter ego of the messianic character played by Jeff Bridges, is, after all, crucified at the film’s beginning. But it turns out that the franchise’s creater, Steven Lisberger, is the son of a German Jew whose father was actually released from Dachau, after which he and his wife fled to the United States. “All that persecution stuff ran big in my family,” Lisberger said once in an interview. “And the heaviest thing I can say about that stuff is that you can’t make a Nazi. You’ve got to grow a Nazi.”
In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive