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What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.

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Long Story Short
December 05, 2011

What makes a movie Jewish? A Jewish director, screenwriter, cast? Overtly Jewish themes? Can non-Jews make Jewish films? And is there even such a thing as a Jewish movie?

These are more than mere parlor-game musings: They open up a discussion about culture, identity, history, and the considerable Jewish contribution to what is perhaps modernity’s only true indigenous art form.

A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, and Jody Rosen, music critic for Slate, a Tablet contributing editor, and co-author of the magazine’s list of the greatest 100 Jewish films of all time, spoke to Long Story Short host Liel Leibovitz about Woody and Mel, the Brothers Marx and the Brothers Coen, and everything in between.

[audio:http://cdn1.tabletmag.com/audio/lss_podcast_120511.mp3]

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