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Film Class: Counsellor at Law

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 United States (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

We will look at a variety of clips and shorts that demonstrate some of the ways immigrant Jews were represented in films of the silent era, ranging from admiring portraits to prejudiced caricatures.

In an unlikely bit of casting reflecting the studios’ distaste for Jewish actors playing Jewish roles, John Barrymore plays a Jewish immigrant who has risen from the East Side slums to a high-powered law practice, but suddenly faces the possible collapse of both his career and his marriage. William Wyler directed this engaging portrait of a man caught between his roots and his aspirations, between the law and the real world’s slippery ethics. 1933, 82 minutes, in English.

Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Films will be shown in video projection.