Analysis Of The Documentary 'Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies, And The American Dream'

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The documentary "Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies, and the American Dream", explains how a number of Jewish immigrants in the beginning of nineteen century built the most known six movie studios in Hollywood. Despite America 's open-door immigration policy for all immigrants, Jews, perhaps more than other minorities, encountered a new form a discrimination. The documakers say that they were viewed as outsiders and were blacklisted from working in certain fields such as finance, banking, and other higher education careers. Hence, they formed their own communities and their own version of real America, practicing their own religion, opening their own businesses in the garment industry and movie production. Because of the intense discrimination against Jews, especially those involved in the movie-theater industry in New York and Chicago, many of them moved to Hollywood, California building their own studios and working as screenwriters, directors, and producers. Yet, after the World War II, some U.S politicians accused Jews, particularly those in Hollywood industry for being pro-communism and affiliated with communism. As a result, some of the founders of the Hollywood industry were prosecuted and imprisoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the 1950s as well as others were blacklisted for many years after. Thus, this documentary film explains how Jewish immigrants, despite the barriers of discrimination, created their own Hollywood movie studious accomplishing

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